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Namakkal_Kolli Hills

Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai are featured in several works of classical Tamil literature such as Silappathigaram, Manimekalai, Purananuru and Ainkurnuru. The region was ruled by Valvil Ori around 200 A.D., who is praised as one of the seven great philanthropists of ancient Tamil Nadu. His valor and marksmanship are sung by several poets, and his exploits are a popular part of folklore. Kolli hills is a small mountain range located in central Tamil Nadu in Namakkal district of India. The mountains are about 1300 m in height and cover an area of approximately 280 km². The Kolli Hills has 70 hair pin bends to reach the top of the hills. The Kolli Hills are part of the Eastern Ghats, which is a mountain range that runs mostly parallel to the east coast of South India. The mountains are relatively untouched by commercial tourism and still retain their natural beauty.

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Tiruchengode - Namakkal

Tiruchengode"Temple is on the hill which is red in color. One can take on 1206 steps to reach the top of the hill to worship the Lord Shiva-Ardhanareeswarar. Cars and taxis are available to reach the temple. The Rajagopuram is five tiered; 260’ in length and 160’ east-west breath. The period of the temple dates back to sangam period and renovated during the periods of cholas, pandyas and nayak kings. A British officer, Davis, repaired some parts of temple. We can see his image in Mukkoottu Vinayagar temple.Tirugnanasambandar wrote ‘Tiruneelakanta Pathigam’ and Arunagirinathar is believed to have written ‘Tiruppugalh’ in this temple.One has to enter the temple from the main entrance-Rajagopuram-from the south; sanctum sanctorum faces west. In this temple Lord Shiva appears in man-woman combination in one idol; the right part of the idol is half of Parvathi Devi and the left half is Lord Shiva’s half. There is a saying that wife is the better half; True to the saying, here Lord Shiva has given his left part of body to goddess Parvathi, his wife. It means that there is no Shiva without the Sakthi; and no sakthi without Shiva. All men and women are equal. No man without woman; no woman without man. An undeniable law of nature! So the main deity is called Umai Oru Bagan, Ammaiappan, Mangaipangan and Madhorubagan. There is a natural fountain in sanctum sanctorum."

Namakkal Narasimha Perumal - Namakkal

Namakkal Narasimha PerumalKudavarai Narasimhar: Sri Narasimmah is depicted with sharp nails used to kill Hiranya and the wonder is, the palm has stains of blood. There are Janaka, Sanadhanar, Sun, Moon and Brahmma around Him. As a Kudavarai Murthi, Tirumanjanam is not performed. It is performed to the procession deity only. The Lord is generally known as Sri Lakshmi Narasimha, if Mother Sri Lakshmi is on his lap. In this temple, Sri Mahalakshmi has Her place on the chest of the Lord. Sri Namagiri Thayar (Mother Lakshmi) has her shrine here facing east. It is believed that the devotee would become a pundit in mathematics if he/she worships Mahalakshmi. There is a separate temple for Bhakta Anjaneya who brought the Anjaneya Salagrama. The idol is 18 feet tall with a japamala in hand and a sword in the waist.

Namakkal Anjaneyar - Namakkal

Namakkal AnjaneyarWhile Sri Anjaneya was bathing in River Kandaki in Nepal, He got a stone named Salagrama in the shape of Lord Vishnu. He was carrying it through the sky and passed through this place. He had to take a bath but could not as the Salagrama should not be placed on Earth. He then just found Sri Mahalakshmi performing penance and enquired Her the reason. Mother told him that she wanted to see the Lord in Narasimha form and hence Her penance. Sri Anjaneya requested the Mother to hold the Salagrama till he returned after a bath. The Mother agreed on the condition that She would place it down if he did not return with a stipulated time. But Anjaneya could not come in time. Mother placed it down which Anjaneya could not move. The Salagrama grew into a mountain. Lord Narasimha appeared before the mother granting darshan and became Lakshmi Narasimha. Anjaneya also stayed here itself then.

Aakasha Ganga - Namakkal

Aakasha GangaAkasa Gangai is an enchanting 300 feet waterfall of river Aiyaru, located near Arappaleeshwarar temple. Thousands of steps lead down to the falls. It is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by the mountains at all sides. Enroute, the natural beauty of the valley and the vegetation-covered peaks. The location is ideal for trekking and the breeze is pleasant, the cascade of silvery water touching and brushing the innumerable herbs which are abound in Kollihills keeps everyone spell bound and fresh with its herbal qualities.

Arappaleeswarar Temple - Namakkal

Arappaleeswarar TempleThe mountain is a site of pilgrimage, because of the Arapaleeswarar temple, which is believed to have a secret path to the Shiva temple in Rasipuram. This Shiva temple is said to have been built by Valvil Ori in the 1st or 2nd century when he ruled this area. "Arappaleeswara sathakam" is a poem which praises Lord Arappaleeswarar. It is believed that this temple existed during the Sangam period itself. According to legend, the shiva linga in the temple was found when a farmer was ploughing his land. It is said that the farmer accidentally hit the shiva linga while ploughing, and that led blood to ooze out of the statue. The small wound is said to be visible on the shiva linga even today.

Kolli Hills - Boat House - Namakkal

Kolli Hills - Boat HouseThe Boat House at Vasalurpatty is located at Km 9/2 of Solakkadu – Thinnanurpatty road. It is one of the most beautiful spot with small natural island in the lake covered with huge rocks and greenery on all sides. Perennial water source available in the lake throughout the year. At present 4 fiber boats are available and for the conveyance of tourist a boat parking bay has been constructed.