Temple a day-Arabaleeshwarar
Arulmiku Arapaleeswarar temple
Main Deity: Arapaleeswarar
Amman/Mother: Aram Valartha Nayagi
Head tree: வில்வம்
Kollimala is one of the places chosen by the Siddhas who worshiped God to attain greatness in the lives of living beings.
They established a Shiva Lingam here. As he was consecrated by the Siddhas who followed Dharma (virtue), he got the name ‘Arapaliswarar’.
Later this place became arable land and Shivalinga disappeared. When a farmer was plowing the land, the plow got stuck somewhere.
While digging there, the farmer found the linga and informed the villagers.
People worshiped Lord Shiva by making green pandals from the leaves found on the hill. The temple was built later.
This place is very ancient and proud. This temple must have been built about 1400 years ago.
The antiquity and glory of this place is evident from the fact that Tirunna Sambandhar and Tirunavukarasa who lived in the 7th century sang in their Devara songs.
Here Lord Shiva is graced as Swayambu Murthy. A plough-hit scar is visible on the top of the Shivalinga.
The unique feature of this temple is the unique arrangement of standing in one place and enjoying the darsis of all the four deities namely Arapaleeswarar, Thayammai, Ganesha and Murugan at the same time.
At the top of the Aramvalarthanayaki sanctum sanctorum is a Sri Chakra Yantra with Ashta Lakshmis. Standing below this and worshiping you will get Lakshmi Kataksha.
Open from 7 am to 1 am and from 2.30 pm to 7 pm. The walk is open from 6 am to 10 pm on festival days.
Arulmiku Arapaleeswarar Temple, Kollimalai – Salem District.
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Temple a day-Arabaleeshwarar
In the circle, Valli, Devasena along with Murugan, Vinayaka, Kasi Vishwanathar, Visalakshi, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Dakshinamurthy, Sandikeswarar, Durgai, Kala Bhairava, Surya and Chandra have risen.
You can pray to God for marriage prevention, child blessing, excellence in education.
It is hoped that those who have separated from their parents due to family issues, those who have a grudge between mother and son will gather here again to pray. They pray here for justice.
Swami can perform Abhishekam and dress the Ambal with elegance.
Kollimalai is special among the mountain beauties that have taken full lease of the beauty of Mother Nature.
Spreading its beauty over a distance of 17 miles, this hill is almost two thousand years old and has a historical significance.
Kollimalai’s fame has been given a spring coat by ‘Kollipappai’.
To stop the arrival of the demons, the divine sculptor Mayan created a female statue that could make the onlookers lustful with her beauty and bewitch and kill.
This Kollimala is proud and ancient to have been ruled by Chera monks. Valvil Ori was the greatest of the Chera kings.
He was strong enough to kill wild elephants, tigers, spotted deer, wild boars and iguanas with a single arrow, and a part of Kollimalaya where he ruled was called Arapalli.
Arapalliswarar temple appeared there because Lord Ishwar rose up in this monastery. Thus a statue of Valvil Ori has been erected here.
Thirunavukkarasar has mentioned this temple in his songs as “Kolli cool champalli” and “Kallal Kamal Kolli champalli”.
Thirunjana Sambandar has praised the school in his Thirthala Coimbatore.
It is customary for devotees to offer food to the fish in the Panchnadi near the temple and enjoy catching and poking the fish. Once, a devotee ignorantly caught a fish, cut it and started cooking it.
The fish broth started to boil. Then the fish jumped out of the boiling broth and started running.
Therefore, the name of this temple is given to Ishwar, “Arapaliswar who fixed the cut fish and brought him to life”.
There are many inscriptions in the temple which state that Madhevi, the great grandmother of Rajaraja Chola and the wife of Lord Kandaraditha Chola Deva, who gave Tanjore the Great Temple, visited this temple and wore expensive ornaments.
Visit this temple and worship, take a bath in the waterfall and enjoy the grace of God and the forest of nature together to thrill your body and soul.
Even when there is no rain, water flows in the river. The 18th month of Peru is the special day of this temple.
Every year this festival is going on for three days namely 17th, 18th and 19th.
Along with devotees, tribal people also celebrate the festival with their traditional speciality. They catch big fish in the river, worship it with nose rings and then release the fish back into the river.
This sacred river descends from the Kolli hills, passes through Dharayur, Musiri and joins the Cauvery.
Sacrifices to fish:
Once upon a time, devotees who came to visit Arapaleeswarar used to catch and cook fish from the Panchanadi Theertha flowing near the temple. They said that they can eat it after Shiva darshan, so they put the fish broth in the tirthakarai.
Then the cooked fish came to life and jumped into the river. At that time, the asari rang out and said that Shiva resides in every living being on the mountain.
Based on this event, Swami got the name “Arapaliswarar who made the fish fit”. Every morning, the Naivedya prepared for Swami is offered to the fishes in this theertham.
Temple a day-Arabaleeshwarar
Prayer for Justice:
The lingam here is called “Arusha Lingam” because it was consecrated by the Siddhas.
The Swami sanctum sanctorum has carved sculptures of Siddhas.
Swami is also known as Thiruvarapalliudayar.
He has special pooja on new moon and full moon days. This is the depository of Devara which was taught by Thirunavukarasara.
Kavichakaravarthy Gambar has also sung. As Swami is the epitome of virtue, those who have been wronged by others pray here for justice.
Ashtalakshmi Sri Chakra:
At the top of the Aramvalarthanayaki sanctum sanctorum is a Sri Chakra Yantra with Ashta Lakshmis.
Standing below this and worshiping you will get Lakshmi Kataksha. This auspicious vision is very special.
The yogic practices practiced by the Siddhas have been carved into sculptures on the perimeter wall of the Ambal shrine.
In the temple prakaram there are shrines for Kashiviswanadha and Vishalakshi.
This shrine is built in the structure in Kashi itself. Since Agaya Ganga and Panchanadi Theerthas here are auspicious,
It is believed that worshiping Lord Vishwanath and Bhairava in Tanichannadi will lead to salvation. There is an idol of Jeshta Devi in the prakaram.
Here Lord Shiva is graced as Swayambu Murthy. A plough-hit scar is seen on the top of the Shivalinga.