Followers of Hindu religion worship Lord Ganesa, also known as Vinayagar as the first and foremost God. A prayer to Vinayagar marks the beginning of any event, work, function or celebration. Vinayaga symbolizes the “Pranava Manthra” which is pronounced as “Ohm”. According to Hindu philosophy, any sound in the universe originates from the sound “Ohm”. It has been mentioned in Hindu epics that other gods of Hinduism worship Lord Ganesa and seek his blessings. Ganesa, the eldest son of Lord Maheswara and Goddess Parvathi and elder brother of Lord Karthikeya is worshipped as the god of wisdom and power. He is considered as the symbol of peace and harmony. Devotees believe that those who surrender to Lord Ganesa can attain spiritual fulfillment and they will be freed from worldly sorrows.
Vinayagar temples of big and small sizes are very common all over India. Most of the other temples also will be having an idol of Vinayaga somewhere near the sanctum sanctorium or at the entrance of the temple. In Coimbatore, there are many temples of Lord Vinayaga. The Eachanari Vinayagar temple at Coimbatore is one among the famous Vinayagar temples of Tamil Nadu. There are many famous temples in Coimbatore like Marudhamalai Murugan temple, Koni Amman temple, Thandu Mariamman temple, Perur Patteeswarar temple, Anuvavi Subramonia Swamy temple and Eachanari Vinayagar temple.
Eachanari Vinayagar temple is situated on the Coimbatore – Pollachi road, 13 Kms away from Coimbatore city. Thousands of devotees from all castes and creed, young and old, poor and rich throng to Eachanari Vinayagar temple for the Darshan of Lord Ganesa, the presiding deity of this temple. The idol of this temple is one among the biggest Vinayaga idols in Tamil Nadu. Plenty of buses ply between Eachanari and Gandhipuram Town Bus Stand as well as Eachanari and Coimbatore Railway Junction. The moffusil buses bound for Pollachi and other places starting from Ukkadam also go via Eachanari.
Eachanari Vinayagar temple is an ancient temple of Coimbatore and it is believed that the temple came into existence in 1500 A.D. According to the epic of the temple, the idol of Vinayaga which is installed in the temple was brought from Madurai for the purpose of installing at Perur Patteeswarar temple. However, the wheel of the vehicle carrying the idol got stuck up on the way and all efforts to release went futile. The residents of that locality regarded it as a blessing for them. They brought the idol down from the vehicle and installed at the same place and started worshipping daily. Thus the Vinayagar temple at Eachanari was formed. The height of the idol is 6 feet and breadth 3 feet. The first Kumbhabhishegam of the temple was performed in the year 1977 and second Kumbhabhishegam was in 1990. “Swarna Bandhana Maha Kumbhabhishegam” was conducted in the year 2004.
Administration of Eachanari Vinayagar temple is undertaken by the Hindu Religious & Endowments, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. The temple is opened for devotees daily from 5 A.M. to 10 P.M. “Ganapathy Homam” is performed everyday at 5.30 A.M. Special poojas are conducted on the days of Chathurthi, Amavasya, Poornima and Kiruthigai. Vinayaga Chathurthi, the birthday of Lord Ganesa which will be during August-September every year is the most auspicious day at Eachanari Vinayagar temple. The other festivals celebrated at this temple are Tamil New year day, Saraswathi Pooja, Deepavali, Karthigai Deepam, Pongal and Thaipoosam.
A golden chariot was built for this temple in the year 1998 at a cost of Rs. 55 lacs. Everyday at 7 P.M. a procession of the god will be conducted in the golden chariot. Daily, 100 – 150 devotees will be provided with free noon meals at the temple under the “Temple Annadaanam” scheme of the state government. Free marriages are arranged in the temple for poor people. The “Anbu Illam” (orphanage) run by this temple accommodate 25 children and provide them with free lodging, boarding, clothes and education. Devotees and the general public contribute liberally for the poojas, celebrations and the charitable activities of the temple.
Eachanari Vinayagar temple is preferred by people to perform “Vahana Pooja.” Those who purchase new vehicle will take that vehicle to the temple and perform a pooja to the vehicle in front of the temple. The big size of the idol and the erected platform on which it is installed enable those who stand outside the temple at a distance also to have a clear view of the deity.
How to reach – Bus Routes
Eachanari Vinayagar Temple is 14 KM from the Coimbatore city center and 12 KM from Coimbatore Railway Junction. The temple is situated on the road of Coimbatore to Pollachi.
Buses from Gandhipuram, Coimbatore: 12, 12A, 12C, 12D, 33, 47, 71, 73, 84A, 84B and 84D
Buses from Railway Station: 33, 33A, 33B, 33D, 33E and 120
- 5.30 AM – Ganapathi Homam
- 6.30 AM – Molavar Abishekam
- 7.30 AM – Alangaram
- 9.00 AM – Mahadeepa Aradhanai
- 12.00 – Annadhanam
- 6.30 PM – Abishekam
- 7.00 PM – Thangather