Pathirakali is a popular form of the great Goddess, worshipped in entire parts of India. Vanapathirakali Amman temple is situated amidst Mettupalayam to Thekkampatti road route. It is just 5 kms away from Mettupalayam, which falls under Coimbatore District in Kongu Nadu.
The temple is situated in such a beautiful atmosphere comprising of clean and huge land area with greeneries, mountain landscapes, nature’s beauty along with lingering of birds and blossoming of flowers on the banks of river Bhavani.
TRIP ON TAXI
The trip begins from Coimbatore to the temple. The total distance covered is 41.4 km nearly about 1 h 17 min in the route of NH 181.The cost includes of Cab Rent, Fuel & Driver Allowance. Parking & Toll charges is extra. If any deviation in the dropping route it will be charged extra. AC will not work in stopped / parked vehicle. People can choose the cars according to their own comfortable and also the total no. of persons for the trip. Cars like Indica, Indigo Zest, Verito, Swift Dzire, Toyoto, Mahindra XYLO, Tavera etc.
GREATNESS OF TEMPLE
Goddess Vanapathirakali Amman is a Swayambumurthi. Realizing their wishes, women use to put their mangal sutras in the hundi. They tie a stone in the sacred tree for child boon. Those starting a trade or beginning marriage proposals use to place white and red flowers in separate packets and seek the permission of the Goddess. If they get the flower of their choice, it means the permission is granted. Above all, the temple is known for the sheep animal sacrifice.
Miracle Based: Mother Vanapathirakali Amman is a Swayambumurthi.
15 days Aadi Kundam in July after obtaining the permission from Goddess beginning from the first Tuesday of the month with Poochattu. The Pookundam-fire pit is formed on the second Tuesday; the second poojai is performed on the 3rd Tuesday. This is a very important and famous festival of the temple drawing over 2 lakhs devotees.
The temple is open from 6.00 am to 11.00 am and from 4.00 to 8.00 pm.
The main prayer commitment of the devotees is the walking on the fire pit.
Devotees offer silver, gold and cash to the Goddess. They also sacrifice sheep. This is undertaken on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. About 300 to 400 such sheep sacrifices are done in the temple each month. The annual number of such Kida Vettu-sheep sacrifice is estimated at over 15,000. They also do Annadhanam-feeding.