Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple is a must visit for pilgrims and tourists alike. Around 1500 years old, it is an ancient temple located below the Namakkal fort. It is situated opposite to the Lord Narasimha temple at a distance of 100 m. The central attraction of this temple is the idol of Anjaneya, another name for Lord Hanuman, which is approximately 13 ft in height.
The idol is placed in such a way that the face of Lord Anjaneya is directed towards Lord Narasimha. It is believed that the statue of the Lord Anjaneya acted as a guardian of the fort and protected the inhabitants from the enemy.
Koolippatti Murugan Temple is located around 3 km away from Namakkal. It lies on the way to Thuraiyar. Situated on a small hill, the Koolippatti Murugan Temple is an attraction among pilgrims and tourists alike. You should try paying a visit to this old and majestic temple.
Namakkal Rockfort is a retreat situated atop a hill. It takes about half an hour to ascend to the summit of the rock fort. It is one of the most popular forts and believed to be one of the safest forts in the country. The fort is at an elevation of 75 m.
This famous fort was built in the 9th century. The unique feature of this fort is that it has a temple and a mosque inside the fort. Devotees throng the fort to worship at the temple and the mosque. The possession around the hillock is known as Girivalam. Girivalam is a very popular tourist destination and thousands of devotees visit it to seek blessings at this place.
Namakkal Dhurgam Fort, built by Ramachandra Nayakar in the 16th century, is located on the peak of Namgiri hills. The fort also contains the ruins of an ancient Vishnu temple. Namakkal Dhurgam Fort covers a surface area of one and a half acres. A narrow stairway on the southwest side is the way to the fort.
The rock curved cave temples of Narasimhaswamy and Ranganathaswamy are located on either side of the Namgiri hills. Since the images of the gods were carved out of living rocks they have survived till date by the power of the rock and the hill. The rocks also include eight holy water springs where numerous lotuses grow.
It is also believed that Tipu Sultan took cover in this fort for some time to save himself from the British. Later the fort was captured by the British. The historical and architectural significance makes the place worth visiting.
Namagiri Lakshmi Narasimhaswami Temple, located on the foothills is one of the oldest temples of the region. Constructed by King Gunaseela of Adiyaman clan, this ancient temple houses an idol of Lord Narasimha curved out of rock. It is one of the most popular destinations in the region for pilgrims.
Devotees come from far and wide to seek the blessings of Lord Narasimha which is one of the ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu. Namakkal is a Vaishnava Kshetram or Vaishnavite area and until a few years ago there was no Shiva temple in the vicinity.
It is located opposite the Lord Anjaneya temple. The Kamalalayam Tank and the Amman Temple are also located close to the Narasimhar temple at the foothills. Lord Narasimhar’s car festival is celebrated with much pomp and glory in Namakkal.
Thathagiri Murugan Temple is located around 10 km away from Namakkal on the road to Muthugapatty. The Thathagiri Murugan Temple was built on a small hill. It is said that Saint Kirupanandha Variyar often visited this temple to find peace and tranquillity.
Naina Malai is a small hill located at a distance of 10 km from Namakkal city. Naina Malai hill is close to Thirumalai patty village. You can go to this place from Sendamangalam as well, which is situated just 2 km away. A temple of Swami Venkatajalapathi is set atop the Naina Malai hill. Visitors need to climb more than 2500 steps to reach the temple which is situated on the summit of the hill.
In spite of the hard climb, devotees throng in large numbers to this temple. Devotees visit this place on Saturdays, especially during the Tamil Purataci months which fall during the months of September and October.
Tiruchengode Arthanareeswarar Temple is a famous attraction of Namakkal. Dedicated to the androgynous form of Lord Shiva, this temple is located atop a hillock at an altitude of 900 m. Ardhanareeswarar is composed of Shiva and his consort Shakti or Parvati, representing the synthesis of the male and female energies.
The mythologies behind this temple say that Lord Shiva gave his left half to his wife so that they would never have to be separate. Thus, Shakti or Parvati became inseparable from the male precept of Lord Shiva. The Goddess is known as Ardhanari. The iconography of Ardhanareeswarar is depicted as half male and half female, and it is separated in the middle.
Muthugapatty Periya Swamy Temple is located at the bottom of the famous Kolli Hills. The temple is one of the most popular tourist sites in this region. The temple is dedicated to the God of farmers. The idol of the God of this temple is situated in the open space of the temple, under a banyan tree.
Many devotees gather at the Muthugapatty Periyar Swamy Temple on Sundays to worship the God of farmers.