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namNamakkal is the head quarters of Namakkal District with a population of 17,21,179 [2011 census]. It lies at the foot of the Single Rock Hillock. On top of this hillock [also known as Saligramam] is a Rockfort. This rock fort is the special attraction of the town . There is a legend in mythology about this hillock connected to Lord Hanuman during Ramanayam period.

The Cave Temple : This cave temple houses the shrines of Lord Ranganathar and Lord Lakshmi Narasimhan. The caves were constructed by Adhiyaman rulers who ruled over Kongu Region during the 7th Century. The Temple have been declared as monuments under the preservation of Monuments and sites Act 1958 and being administered by the HR&CE department of Government.

As per the legend, Goddess Mahalakshmi was on a penance to subdue the anger of Lord Narasimhar after his Hiranya Kasibu samhara. Lord Anjaneya on his way back to Sethu was returning with a rare Saligramam of Lord Narasimha and Lord Ranganathar. He halted at this place for prayers and requested Mahalakshmi to guard the saligramam till he completed his prayers. Because he was late, Mahalkshmi leaves the Saligramam near Anjaneya and left. Since it was put down, Sri Ranganathar and Sri. Lakshmi Narasimhar was installed in the same site. Hence the Cave temple houses both the deities in separate shrines.

Lord Narasimha is seated facing west with right leg on the ground and left leg placed on the right thigh. The ‘Vajra Naka’ with which Lord Narasimha performed the Hiranya Samhara can be seen. Janakan and Sanadhan on the left and right side of Lord respectively are believed to be describing the concept of “Lokashama” [pardon] in his hears. This is a special temple with both Siva and Brahma are in the same shrine with a plea to subdue the anger mood of Lord Narasimhar. Because of this rare appearance it is called as Tirumurthi Sthalam and one can worship Brahma, Vishnu and Sivan here in one place. Since he is with joined by Sri Devi after the penance, he is called as Lakshmi Narasimhar.

Sri Ranganathan temple is 250 ‘ away from the Lord Anjaneya’s shrine. The cave temple is believed to have been built by the Pallavas. The darshan of the Sri Ranganatha, a 10 foot idol, will be in three parts as found in the Ananda Padmanaba Swamy Temple of Trivandrum. Lord Ranganatha is seen hodling Conch, Chakra, bow-arrow, mace and Sword.
15 day Car Festival and Panguni Festival / Utsavam, Pavithra Utsavam, Danur Matha Utsavam and Purattasi utsavam are some of the important festivals of this temple.

Digambara Anjaneya Temple : Namakkal is famous for its almost 1500 years old Anjenyar temple. Lord Anjaneya with a Japamala in hand and a sword in the waist, is in the form of a life size 18 foot tall idol, carved out of a single rock. The special feature of this temple is the Lord Anjaneya on constant guard and worship and has his sight fixed exactly on the divine feet of Lord Narasimha at the hillock. The Anjaneya shrine is without a roof, open to the sky. Lakhs of people visit this Anjenayar throughout the year from different parts of the country. There is also a shrine of another Anjaneya idol on the banks of the temple tank called Kamalayam.




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