Namakkal Sri Anjeneyar Temple is situated in Namakkal District, Tamilnadu. This temple is dedicated to the Monkey God “Lord Hanuman”. The name Namakkal was derived from “Namagiri”, a monolithic at the centre of the town. The city is situated at this single rock and old fort base. The shrine was said to be built by the Emperor Gunaseelan. The temple is famous for its gigantic effigy of Lord Anjeneyar and he stands at an 18 ft height. Lord Hanuman carries a Japa mala in his hand, a Sword in his waist. The god is adorned with diamond earrings, golden crown and other precious ornaments. The statue was made of only one stone; the god stands in an open atmosphere with no roofs which are the specialties of the temple. Dravidian style of architecture was imposed in the temple’s construction.
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A Temple of Lord Narasimha (Lord Vishnu) is laid opposite to Hanuman Temple. Lord Hanuman is facing towards Lord Narasimha with his folded hands, worshiping the feet of Lord Vishnu. The devotees can notice blood stains on the nails of Lord Narasimha which were caused by destroying the Hiranyakashipu, a demon king. A separate shrine is dedicated to the Goddess Lakshmi who is predominantly called as “Goddess Namagiri Lakshmi”, the consort of Lord Vishnu.
The Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Tamilnadu Government is administering the temple. Lord Hanuman temple is 300 meters away from Lord Narasimha temple. Lord Hanuman is in the standing posture facing towards Narasimha Swamy. The temple is one of the few Trimurthy Kshetrams where three Hindu deities – Maheshwara, Brahma and Vishnu are seen in a single temple.
Offering and Prayer
The specialty of the temple is Vadamalai Prayer. Besides, Lord Hanuman is always adorned with his favorite Tulsi and Betal Garlands. The god is offered with ghee, milk and honey etc. Lord Sri Rangantha Swamy temple is also located just away from the Lord Hanuman Shrine. Adiyendra Visnugrha is the other name of these temples.
Devotees pray Lord Hanuman to stand away from evil effects, arrange matches for their children, the childbirth and education. It is believed that one who offers to the god, he will be relieved from the ill effects of Rahu, Sani planets.
The Temple History
During the Ramayana era, in Threthayugam, Hanuman wanted to get medical herbs to cure Lakshman’s giddiness. So, he lifted the Mountain Sanjeevi from the Himalayas. Then, he kept back the mountain in its place. He brought salagramam while returning. As the sun rose, he went to the earth and performed the sandhyavandanam ritual after placing the salagramam near Sri Mahalakshmi’s tapavanam. Lord Hanuman tried to lift the salagramam, after performing the pooja. But he was unable to even shake it. Suddenly, the salagramam started to grow larger; an oracle was heard by Hanuman.
The oracle said that Lord Narasimha wished to stay there and he wanted Hanuman to save Lord Rama. Then Lord Hanuman came to Namakkal Sthalam on the western side of the rock and there he stood in the open air, worshipped Lord Narasimha Swamy.
Temple timings & Festivals
Lord Anjaneyar Sannidhi dharshan starts from Morning 6.30 am to 1.00 pm & Evening 4.30 pm to 9.00 pm.
Important festivals celebrated at Namakkal Anjaneyar temple are Adi Pooram, Navarathri, Vijayadasami, Karthigai Deepam, Hanuman Jayanti, Margazi, Vaigunda Ekadesi, Pongal, Panguni Varuda Urchavam.
Annathanam (food offering) may be offered by the devotees. To offer Annathanam to 100 people, Rs.2500/- shall be paid in the Administration office of the temple.
The temple is at a distance of 2 km from the Namakkal bus stop. The devotees can catch bus, train and flight routes to reach the almighty temple.
“All devotees are requested to visit the powerful Namakkal Anjeneyar once in a lifetime to get blessed with wealth and health”
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