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| Last Updated:: 12/09/2023


















Coimbatore, also known as Kovai, is a major city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on the banks of the Noyyal river and surrounded by the Western Ghats. The city's population is predominantly Hindu with a minority Muslim and Christian population. Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists are also present in small numbers.




Major Hindu temples in the city include the Perur Patteeswarar temple, Naga Sai Mandir, Koniamman temple, Thandu Mariamman temple, Eachanari Vinayagar temple, Karamadai Ranganathaswamy temple, Marudamalai Murugan temple, Loga Nayaga Shaniswara temple, Ashtamsa Varadha Anjaneyar temple, Dhyanalinga Yogic temple and the 112-foot Adiyogi Shiva statue which is the world's tallest bust of Lord Shiva. The mosques on Oppanakara Street and Big Bazaar Street date back to the 18th century CE. Christian missions date back to the 17th century CE when permission was granted by the Nayak rulers to set up churches in the region. Sikh Gurudwaras and Jain temples are also present in Coimbatore.







The Mariamman festivals at the city's numerous Mariamman temples are major events in summer. During Maha Shivaratri thousands of people visit the Velliangiri Poondi temple which is situated in the Niligiri Biosphere Reserve to get the grace of Lord Shiva after climbing seven hills.








The Eachanari Vinayagar temple is one of the most mystical temples in Coimbatore. According to mythological tales, when the prodigal 6-feet tall idol of Lord Vinayaga was being transported from Madurai to the Patteesawarar temple, the axle of the cart broke, and the idol became immovable from that place which is now known as the Vinayagar temple.







Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy temple is one of the most famous temples in Coimbatore commemorated in the memory of Lord Shiva. Built by Karikala Chola of the Chola dynasty, it is one of the most famous old temples in Coimbatore, dating back to prehistoric ages. The marvellous architecture of the temple features stone carving, wooden carving, and gigantic pillars with carvings of manifestations of Shiva.








Situated atop a hill, amidst serene surroundings, Arulmigu Maruthamalai Murugan is one of the famous temples in Coimbatore. This temple is of great significance to married couples who face issues in giving birth to a child. It is said that such couples can be blessed with children only after worshipping Lord Maruthamalai Muruga.









Located in the heart of the city, Koniamman temple is one of the principal Hindu temples in Coimbatore. This temple is considered as a sacred place for marriages, and it is believed that Mother Koniamman would help her children lead a smooth married life, bless them with kids, protect them from diseases, and ensure business development.