Velliangiri Mountains, Coimbatore

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The Velliangiri Mountains, a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, are situated at the Western Ghats border of Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu. Known as the "Thenkailayam - Kailash of the South", these mountains are held and revered on par with spiritually most powerful place on the planet - Mount Kailash, the legendary abode of Lord Shiva. On the top of the Velliangiri Mountains, Shiva is worshipped as Swayambhu, one who is self-created and in this form, he graces the devotees.People of various age they are happy to visit this temple, because they believe Sithars are still present in this mountain.Story of VelliangiriThese mountains became sacred because of a long time ago devotee of him. There was a young maiden at the southernmost point of the Indian peninsular who aspired to hold Shiva's hand as a wife.Her devotion and austerities crossed all levels of sanity and she remained absolutely focused upon him every moment.This stirred Shiva's compassion and love. So he started making his journey to South India. Once he reached, villagers who didn't like their marriage said it was a bad day that day and asked Shiva to go back to Kailash and come back the next day before the sun rises. Shiva did that and before he could come back the next day, he could not meet the deadline due to a false setup which was created by the villagers. They put lots of camphor and burnt them making it look like the sun had rose. He was close but since he felt the time crossed he sat there itself. She was angry and left her body standing. Even today she stands there as Kanyakumari. There is a shrine on the very tip of this landmass which is known as Kanyakumari or the 'Maiden's Shrine.'
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  • One of the moderate but long trek on the western ghats, to an altitude of 1700 MASL. Re-trekked after 20 yrs with three of my firends to enjoy the pristine beauty of mountains. Started around 2200hrs ...  more »
  • On 9th Jan 16, We started from Isha Yoga Center, we reached this place by 4. 00 am. It was a 7 mountains temple which we should climb, the first 3 mountains will be of steps. From 4th mountain we can ...  more »
  • What an experience! For a person who loves to visit places of spiritual interest, this is a must do trek. However, one needs to ensure good fitness levels - prepare (cardio) at least 3 months in advan...  more »

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