'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Sri Koniamman - Coimbatore

Coimbatore is enriched not only by industrial growth, but also by the numerous temples there. Koniamman temple is one among them.

Speciality of the temple

Arunagirinathar Swamigal has sung the praise of Lord Muruga, the deity of Kottai Eswaran temple. Koniamman temple is located in between the two Shiva temples , Kottai Eswaran and Koilpettai Eswaran. "Kon" means the king. Koniamman means the Goddess worshipped by all kings. Also, we can say that She is the Ruler of all Gods!

History of the temple

In Sangam period, Kosas lived in mud forts and the people and the soldiers in pettai. The Kottaimedu in Coimbatore is the erstwhile fort of the kings of those times. The present Eswaran temple and the Subrahmanya temple were inside the fort and the Koniamman temple was outside the fort. When Cheran Senguttuvan went to the northern region for bringing stones for Kannagi statue, Kovanputtur and the fort were destroyed by enemies who invaded the place. Kovan Koniamman temple was spared. From that day onwards, the temple has been taken special care of. Koniamman blesses and protects Her devotees with Her grace. Even today, people pray and worship Her for cure from contagious diseases like cholera etc. There are many incidents in real life that attest to this belief.

Architecture of the temple

The statue of Amman, facing north is 21/2 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide. The expression of anger on her face speaks of the success of Good over Evil, when an asura's head was chopped off by the Goddess. Her four right hands hold soolam, udukkai, sword and conch and Her left hands hold skull, chakra, bell and shield. The urchavamoorthy is portrayed in standing pose with four hands. In the right hands, She is holding soolam and sword and in the left hands, udukkai and fire. In the sanctum, She is portrayed with a ear stud on the left ear, and a kundalam on the right ear. The statue of Koniamman, installed by the Kosas, has been sculptured as per the features of the Tamil sculpture. This is one of the many portrayals of Parasakthi. But due to many events like invasions, religious riots etc, the statue had been destroyed with only the upper part remaining in tact. This is kept at the upper portion of the temple with seven kanniyarkal and is worshipped as Aadhi Koniamman. Daily pujas are being offered.

Festivals

The Tamil months of Maasi and Panguni are festival months. The car festival, conducted for 14 days is the specialty of this temple. On the first Tuesday in the month of Maasi, flower decoration is done, on the second Tuesday, agnichattu is done and on the third Tuesday, Thirukalyana urchavam is held. The next day, that is on Wednesday car festival is held. On the Friday that follows, Indra vimana theppam is conducted. Theerthavari and kodiyirakkam follow. The festival ends with Vasantha urchavam. On the next day of kodiyetram, the deity Koniamman is taken out on the mounts of tiger, parrot, lion, swan, Kamadhenu, horse and white elephant. It will be a beautiful sight to see Arulmigu Koniamman on various mounts. On the first Friday of the festival, Thiruvilakku vazhipadu by women is a very popular festivity. The only car festival held in Coimbatore is that of Koniamman temple. The car starts from the stand at exactly 4 p.m. and goes through Rajaveedhi, Oppanakkaraveedhi, Vaisyalveedhi and Karuppa Gownder Street and returns to the stand. People from the neighboring towns and villages come here to watch the festival.

On the night of the teppam, urchavamoorthy is carried in the Indravimana palanquin. It reaches Venugopalaswamy temple and theppam is started on the waters of the temple tank at 4 a.m. There'll be fire works at the car stand. And then, special abhishekam is done in the temple. In the evening, the flag is lowered (kodiyirakkam). During the Vasantha urchavam, the deity is kept in the Vasantha mandap. With the Vasanthavizha, the car festival is complete.

Other festivals

Every month, the first day is celebrated. On the full moon day, Koniamman urchava purappadu is held inside the temple. On Fridays in the month of Aadi, the deity is adorned is a special way. During the entire month of Aadi, urchava amman will be kept on the swing. During navarathri, the deity is adorned differently on each day. On the last day, the moolavar and the urchava deities are kept together at the same place. Kalyanammalai wishes everyone all the blessings of Koniamman!