Kottai Easwaran Coimbatore

Kottai Easwaran Coimbatore

Saivite Temples, Coimbatore District


Sangameswarar facing east


Akilandeswari, facing east

Other Deities

Kasi Viswanathar, Neelakandeswarar, Surya, Sidhdhi Vinayaka, Kappu Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy, Bhairava, Anjaneya, Navagraha, Nayanmar

Kottai Easwaran Coimbatore is small east facing temple with the entrance through a gateway. The shrines are in the formation of Somaskanda (Muruga between Shiva and Parvati). The tall Vimaanas present an imposing picture. The six faces of Lord Muruga here face a single direction unlike other similar idols. He is on his peacock vehicle facing north, holding different weapons in his 12 hands and killing the demon Surapadma. The Shivalinga in the temple has lines of Brahmmasutra (short form of Vedas and Upanishads by Sage Veda Vyasa) written on its head. The lord at Kottai Easwaran Coimbatore is mentioned as Aaludayar, Veerachozheeswaramudayar, Sangeeswaramudayar, Sangeeswarar in the stone inscriptions. It is said that this area was full of Sangu Pushpam plants (Clitoria ternatea) in the ancient days and hence the name.

Holy water (Theertham) – Lakshmi Theertham, Kollidam

Holy Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Magizham (Mimusops elengi)


Kottai Easwaran Coimbatore temple could have been constructed as early as 900 CE by Parantaka Chola I. This is assumed from the fact that the Vimaanas of the temple were flat topped. This is also strengthened by the revelation from the style of the pillars by one Tabruewel Adailash (spelling to be corrected), a French Archaelogist, who studied this temple. 6 Stone inscriptions belonging to 13 and 14th Century CE have been discovered in Kottai Easwaran Coimbatore. From these we learn that this place was once called ‘Peroor Naattu Kovan Puthur’, ‘Veerakerala Nalloor’ and Umaparameswari Chaturvedimangalam’. Some other inscriptions also reveal that this place was called Veera Chola Mangalam during the times of the Kongu Cholas who ruled between 1132 and 1258. The Mughals destroyed and looted many temples including this one between 1339 and 1365. Kottai Easwaran Coimbatore temple was the center of the town in the ancient days. Later the Vijayanagar Kings (1368-1600) took over the damaged temple and renovations were done. Proof of this is seen in the form inscriptions and the of style of the pillars which were again found damaged. Later in 1805 William Kare, who took over as collector, is said to have discovered the buried temple and taken up renovation. In recent times various additions and modifications were done.


An Asura performed severe penance towards Lord Shiva and attained powerful boons including one that he could not be killed in any way. He then began to harass the celestial world and its beings and the sages. When they approached Lord Indra he told that Lord Shiva alone could save them. They came to this place which was full of Sangu Pushpam plants (Clitoria species) and prayed to Lord Shiva who killed the Asura.


The temple is in kottaimedu behind and near the railway station on the perur main road.

Stay and Food

Coimbatore has several good Hotels, Lodges and Restaurants. Coimbatore itself is well known for the quality and taste of food and there are several wonderful restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine. The Annapoorna/Gowrishankar hotel chain still has its name and maintains the quality. Sadly I miss the lovely railway canteen food for which people in passing trains used to get up early and rush to buy in those days.

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