Arulmigu Aranganatha Swamy Temple - History
Situated in the highway, 29 Km from the Manchester of Tamilnadu, Coimbatore and 7 Km from Mettupalayam is this monument of holiness. Spread across the lush green pastures of Karamadai is this temple which is the only Vainav temple in the entire Kongu region.
Long ago, a cow which was let to graze among these Karai forest, was inspired by the presence of His Holiness Lord Aranganadhar on one of the bushes. From then it started milking of its own on that bush. The shepherd who found the cow returning with empty teats everyday became furious and was about to destroy the bush with his sickle. When suddenly, His Greatness Lord Aranganadhar blessed the vision of the shepherd by appearing before him and inspired him with his presence. When this news reached the members of the Pattar community, they realized the presence of the Lord Himself in that place and built a temple there glorifying His name. The Car Festival of the temple was inaugurated by the King of Madurai, King Thirumalai Nayakkar and is conducted every year till date.
The main deity of the temple incarnated three forms - as his Holiness Lord Venkatesa Achudhan, as His Holiness Lord Aranganadhar and as His Holiness Lord Venkatesa Perumal. Her Holiness Sri Ranganayagi Thayaar of this temple is also known as Pettathu Amman. The temple is blessed also with the presence of Her Holiness Mother Kodha Nachiyar within its premises.
Holy Water (Karuda Theertham)
The temple has streams of Holy water blessed by the merciful hands of providence. Behind the main deity is the presence of Brahma Theertham (Holy Water) blessed by Lord Brahma. The Holy Pond in the temple has theertham blessed by the miraculous hands of Lord Karuda. Along the route of the Temple’s car procession are eight deities having eight streams of Holy water besides them, called the Ashta Theertham. For years together these Theertham have been satiating the spiritual search of the humble devotees of the temple.
After 1939 the temple was maintained by the members of the Trust for Chamber of Tamilnadu Hindu Society. The representatives for managing the temple activities are selected by these members through mutual consent.
Significances of the Temple