Kongalamman temple , Erode
KOngu Nadu was an integral part of Tamil Nadu , which spread over the present day Erode and Coimbatore districts .The Tamil speaking people of Kongu Nadu seem to have a great culture of their own. Kongalamman is the guardian deity of Kongu Nadu and her temple is situated in the Erode town of Tamil Nadu .The wall writings on the temple indicate that it is a very ancient one .Most probably the temple was located in the Adhi Kongalamman temple in Anangur , which is a village near Erode town. It seems about 150 years back some thieves were trying to steal the idol of Kongalamman from Erode temple . When they reached Anangur , they heard a voice from the sky telling them that if she is stolen from there , they would face great danger. The thieves left the Goddess there itself and ran away,Next day the people of Anangur found the statue of Amman and built a temple for her there.The people of Erode then got made another idol and consecrated there in the Erode temple .So before the Chariot festival of the Erode temple , the Goddess Adhi Kongalamman at Anangur would be worshipped. People believe that Kongalamman would guide them in the day today administration of the village. It seems when a discussion was going on , in side the temple whether to have Kalingarayan Canal , The Goddess told them to build it. Kongalamman has eight hands and is believed to fulfill all the needs of her devotees..Even today , when water is being collected for the temples in Erode town, a part of it is first given to Kongalamman and the rest is taken to their respective temples. There is a Prathyangira Devi temple in side this temple with five temple trees. People with Sarpa Dosha come to this temple and by worshipping the Goddess get rid of their Dosha., The temple also has mahishasura Mardini, Madurai Veeran, Karupaanna Chami, the sapthe mathrikas , The Saptha Kanni and Pechi Amman temple inside it.The chariot festival of the temple is on the Month of Thai on the Poosam day.There is special worship of the temple during all Fridays in the moth of Aadi. The temple is open from 6 Am to 8 PM.