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Perur Patteeswaraswamy Temple is the most popular temple
of Coimbatore. Located at 7 km west of Coimbatore near
river Noyyal this temple is built by Karikala Cholan-a
ruler of Chola Empire.
The origin of the temple goes back
to pre Christian era. The innermost shrine is
build by Karikala Cholan while Chola rulers of
11 th to 13 th century made several endowments
to the temple. Perur Patteeswaraswamy Temple structure
also contains contributions of the Hoysalas and
the Vijaynagar rulers.
The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva
as Patteeswarar and his consort Pachai Nayaki,
worshipped in the form of “ Swayambu Lingam
”. This temple is also known by the name
of Mel Chidambaram.
Beside of its perfect location the main attraction
of the temple is the ‘ Kanaka Saba' or the golden
hall. A gold plated statue of Nataraja giving blessings
to two sagas- Gowmuni and Pattimuni adorns hall.
Coimbatore Patteeswaraswamy temple also comprises of
several impressive towers and mandapams. The roof of
the temple has a series of stone chains that give a
different character to the temple. Besides of these
temple also has ten pillars that have magnificent carvings
of the various manifestations of Shiva.
Coimbatore Patteeswaraswamy temple complex also contain
other temples dedicated to various deities. The magnificent
Pattivinayakar temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
The other attractive temple of the complex is the Arasambalavanar
temple dedicated to Shiva. The North and South Kailasam
temples guard the two directions of the main temple.
Panguni Uthiram festival held in the month of March
is the only festival associated with the rituals of