Perur Pateeswarar Temple (Tamil: அருள்மிகு பட்டீஸ்வரர் திருக்கோயில்) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Perur, in Coimbatore, western part of Tamil Nadu in state of southeastern India.
Perur Patteeswaraswamy temple built by pallayakarar kings pallayakarar king was belong to kongu vettuva gounder community,pallayakarar king is known sitrarasars they where under king Raja Raja cholan."History of perur temple". Retrieved 15 october 2011. is located 7km west of near Noyyal river. Coimbatore has many temples out of which the Perur Patteeshwara Swamy temple is the most popular one. The temple upholds huge statues. The significance of Perur temple in earlier days is unfolded in the poetic creations of Arunagiri Nather and Kachiappa Munivar.
Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of this temple who is known as ‘Patteeswarar’ and his consort Parvati is known as ‘Panchanayaki’. The idol in the temple is believed to be ‘Swayambu Lingam’ (self emerged).
Other shrines in the complex
The Pattivinayakar Shrine, dedicated to Ganesha is a beautiful one. This temple is said to have been built on the lake where the Pandava Prince Yudhisthira brought back his to life after winning a debate with Dharmaraja(Father of Yudhisthira and the embodiment of religiosity). The Arasambalavanar Shrine dedicated to Shiva at the spot where Shiva is believed to have performed his Thandav under a peepul tree. The North and South Kailasam temples guard the two directions of the temple.
Panguni Uthiram celebrated here in grand manner and attended by a large number of devotees
This is one of the best among South Indian temples in terms of architectural and sculptural splendour. Dedicated to Shiva, this is a temple of great religious significance.
Antiquity The origins of this temple go back to the pre Christian era. Karikal Chola is said to have built the innermost shrine of the temple. The king chola and pallayakarar mannar of the 11th through the 13th centuries made several endowments to this temple. The Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar emperors made tremendous contributions to this temple.
This temple was built by Karikala Cholan and later many other rulers also added to this temple's brilliant and exemplary architecture as we would like describe in terms of today's construction. Huge Pillars which forms the standards of those days. This temple was even attacked by Aurangazeb and seemed to have left the temple unscathed which is rather very unusual for his kind of nature like in other places. In respect of his attitude he had displayed there is a statue in front of the temple which depicts a soldier wearing a dress similar to Aurangazeb Soldier.
Shiva in the act of destroying one of the sons of Kasimuni.A view of the two Pillars immediately on the top of the steps leading to the temple.This temple has several impressive towers and mandapams (halls with ornamented pillars). The Golden Hall with the Golden image of Nataraja the cosmic dancer (Shiva) is noted for its great beauty. Ten pillars have carvings of the various manifestations of Shiva. The roof has a series of stone chains.
The sacred trees associated with temple are the Palm and Tamarind trees called Irava Panai (The deathless Palm) and Pirava Puli (The unborn tamarind). The temple stands on the banks of the holy river Noyyal called ‘Kanchi Manadhi’ by the locals. The sanctum seen in the temple is the joint effort of the Chola, Hoysala and Vijayanagara rulers. This temple is rich in architecture.
This temple also has a very strong faith that anyone who visits the temple is supposed not have a rebirth. This however maybe difficult to digest initially, but fact of the matter is that there is a tamarind tree normally average lifetime is believed to be between 80 to 200 years, but this tree has been there for a very long time and also bears flowers and fruits like a normal tree but if we take a seed and plant it elsewhere it does not grow at all just goes to prove the point that there is no rebirth again which in all likelihood maybe a point of debate for all those who are agnostic or atheist but not for theist.
The statues of Gajasamhara, Virabhadra, Bikshadana, Oordhva Thandava, Saraswati with Veena all rival one another in artistic perfection.
The greatest attraction of the temple is the ‘Kanaka Saba’ or the golden hall, which is adorned by a gold plated statue of Nataraja bestowing blessings upon the two sages – Gowmuni and Pattimuni. The Gopurams and Pillars of the hall have exquisitely carved out sculptures highlighting Dravidian architecture.
Pilgrims from all over Tamil Nadu visit this temple and pay homage to their ancestors. There is popular belief that the mortal remains of the dead turn into white stones after about 144 days.
Another very notable fact is that there are about 100 Muslims everyday who come to the temple lighting lamps as part of their faith. This depicts a very different but unique way of unity in diversity and also communal harmony at its very best.There is a special festive activity in Pungani Uthiram with a lot of fervour and faith.
Since 2000, when lot of Telugu speaking local population went into IT Industry, Perur Patteswarar has been forgotten by Covai people. Covai People has started patronising Lord Venkateswara and Guruvayoorappa than their own deity.