Kurinji Andavar Temple

One of the most reputed places of worship in Kodaikanal is the Kurinji Andavar Temple that stands at a distance of 3 kilometers from the picturesque lake in Kodaikanal. The temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Muruga who is believed to be the 'God of the Hills'.

The temple was built by Leelavathi Ramanathan. Born as a European, she was influenced by the religion of Hinduism and adopted the religion. She patronized the construction of the temple that was erected in the year 1936.

From its spectacular location, the Kurinji Andavar Temple in Kodaikanal captures the majestic view of the Palani and Vaigai dam.

The Kurinji Andavar Temple of Kodaikanal derives its name from the Kurinji flower that blooms in abundance in the hill slopes of Kodaikanal. The flower blossoms once in twelve years and lends a hued tinge to the hill slopes. The deity, Lord Muruga is also referred to as the 'Sri Kurinji Easware' meaning the Lord of the Kurinjis.

The Kurinji Andavar Temple at Kodaikanal is located at a short distance from the lake. It is easily accessible from the heart of the city. Buses and taxis ply from the city commuting the tourists from the center of the city to the temple.

The tourists may also avail vans or auto-rickshaw. Bicycles are lent on hire for the tourists to traverse the region by themselves.

The majestic structure of Kurinji Andavar Temple commands devotion in the tourists who arrive to visit the temple at Kodaikanal.

Last Updated on : 05 May 2011