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Temples in South India >> Tamil Nadu >> Perur Patteeswaraswamy Temple

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 this temple.