India has many temples dedicated to the innumerable forms of Shakti. One famous temple in Tamilnadu is the Masani Amman Temple, Pollachi. This temple is in the verdant surroundings of Pollachi. People flock to this temple to get justice for the wrongdoings meted out to them. The temple is also known as the Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple or Anaimalai Masani Amman Temple
This temple is set against the backdrop of the Annamalai hills which accounts for the name Anaimalai Masani Amman. It is in the Coimbatore district and is also about 24 kilometres from Pollachi. The temple is located at the confluence of the Anamalai Upper Stream and the Aliyar River.
The deity at this temple is in a lying down posture. The huge idol that measures 15 feet from head to foot. The idol has four hands. Two hands are on the ground. They hold a trident and a drum. The raised hands hold a snake as well as a skull.
This temple also has another deity called the Neithi Kal. This is the deity of justice. There is also a shrine to Mahamuniappan. The deity at this temple supports justice. Even there are no legal or other remedies for their troubles people flock here. The Deity brings about justice to her devotees.
The Legend Of The Temple
The legend of the temple speaks of ancient times. The region was called Nannur. A king Nannuran ruled the place. He was a very unfair and unjust ruler. He had a mango farm on the banks of the Aliyar river that he was very fond of. Of those trees, one mango tree was his favourite. None were allowed to eat from it. People eating the fruit of this tree were severely punished.
One version of the story says that a girl saw a mango from this tree floating in the river. She ate it. Nannuran sentenced her to death for eating the fruit. Another version of the story states that a woman ate the fruit not being aware of the rules. Nannuran sentenced her to death. The subjects of Nannuran rebelled and killed him in a battle near a place called Vijayamangalam. They then made a deity to worship the girl/lady who sacrificed her life. The alternative version states that the female statue was made from the sand atop the grave of the girl who was killed by Nannuran. The deity was Shamsani which means graveyard. This is the root of the present-day name of Masani Amman.
Another explanation for the name is that the deity is in the graveyard or Mayanam and since she is in a reclining pose it is also Sayanam. So, her name is Mayanam Sayani. The large elephant population of the area has given it the name of Anamalai. Anai means elephant and Malai means mountain.
Lord Rama’s Visit
The legends of the temple also stated that Lord Rama stopped at the temple to meditate when he was looking for Sita. One legend also says that Lord Rama stayed in a graveyard at Anamalai. He created the idol of a goddess to worship. In return, Masaniamman also blessed him that he would triumph over evil and get Sita back.
Interesting Facts About The Temple
- Neethi Kal: This literally means the stone of justice. A devotee who has suffered injustice or losses comes to the temple after a bath. The devotee smears the Vibhuti from the temple on their forehead. The person then grinds red chillies into a paste using a grinder at the temple. The devotee then smears this chilli paste on the stone of justice or Neethi Kal.
- The temple has more worshippers on Amavasya, Fridays and Tuesdays.
- The temple is the Devi’s Panchayath or court of justice. It is the final resort of devotees who are suffering from physical ailments, have lost something or who have been unjustly dealt with in life. The solution comes in 90 days.
- The deity also helps girls who have health issues on attaining puberty.
- The Prasad in the temple is Pachilam Marundu.
- A black thread from the temple wards of witchcraft and also blesses the devotee with a child.
- Some people write their petitions and tie them to the hands of the deity.
How To Get There
The nearest town to the temple is Pollachi which is 24 kilometres away. Pollachi is accessible from the nearest city Coimbatore by rail and road. The nearest airport is also in Coimbatore which is 64 kilometres away.