Shiva and Vishnu temples within the same complex on the banks of Three Rivers
Paadal Petra Sthalam
Located 14kms from Erode at the confluence of Cauvery, Bhavani and Amrutha Rivers is the over 1000years old Adhi Kesava Perumal temple in Bhavani where the Swayambu Lord, is seen along with Sri and Bhoo Devi in a standing posture facing the Cauvery in the East. The Adhi Kesava Perumal temple is housed inside the Sangameswarar Temple, one that has been praised in the Thevaram by Thiru Gnana Sambandar and in the Thirupugazh by Arunagirinathar.
The South Facing Lord Venugopala is believed to have been the abhimana Idol of Vyasa Raja Mutt. Venugopala, a swayambu murthy, is seen in a standing posture playing the flute. On the body of Lord Venugopala is a two headed cow.
There is also an idol of Anjaneya carved on a rock inside the temple
Thiru Gnana Sambandar referred to this place as Naana ( Nanraa) and Thiru Nanaavey.
Pancha Malai Kshetram
This is a Pancha Malai Kshetram- Sangagiri, Naagagiri, Mangalagiri, Vadagiri and Padmagiri. In centuries gone by, the temple complex was surrounded by a fortress signs of which are still seen at the Southern entrance.
Between the Amman and Lord Shiva is the Murugan Sannidhi, one that has been praised in the Thirupugazh by Aruna Girinathar. Between the Soundaravalli Thaayar and Adhi Kesava Perumal is the Lakshmi Narasimha Sannidhi.
There are four entrances to the temple with the 5tier Rajagopuram in the North. To the right of the Raja Gopuram is the Swarga Vaasal relating to the Vishnu temple.
Pallavas, Cholas and Pandyas have all contributed to the growth of this ancient temple. The temple was renovated in the 16th Century by Mysore Kings and in the 17th century by Narayana Gounder.
Tharpanam on every No Moon Day
Moolavar: Adhi Kesava Perumal East Facing Standing Posture
Thaayar : Soundaravalli Thaayar
Utsavar : Soundararajan
Time : 6am-12noon and 430pm-730pm
Contact : Kesavan Bhattar @ 04256 230125, Praveen Bhattar @ 94434 99780, K. Venkatesan Bhattar @ 04256 233736
How to reach
Mettur bound buses every 15minutes from Erode Bus Stand to the temple entrance
Will take about 30minutes
Local town bus and private bus at frequent intervals from early morning