COIMBATORE: Before the start of the 2011 temple car festival season, Coimbatore will have a landmark to attract a huge number of devotees, visitors and tourists from all over the world, as is already the case with the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai.
An 84-feet Rajagopuram, the largest in the region, will be completed for kumbhabishekam followed by a car festival at the Koniamman Temple located at Town Hall in the heart of the city.
“The huge Rajagopuram is being built in such a way that it can be seen from anywhere in the city. Madurai is famous because of the Meenakshi Amman Temple’s Rajagopuram is visible even from far.
Similarly in Coimbatore, Koniamman Temple’s Rajagopuram to be built at a cost of Rs 1.75 crore will be visible from any corner of the city, ” said N Palanisamy, executive officer of the temple.
According to him, the Rajagopuram will have 20 steps and 15 steps have been built already. During festival days, about 20,000 devotees throng the temple to be blessed by Koniamman, the presiding deity of the city. Koniamman has ardent devotees from Mumbai, Kolkatta, Delhi, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka besides the US, Russia, Australia and England.
The devotees send offerings (money) by post and e-mail. The HR and CE Department has opened two websites, www.kovai-koniammantemple.
org as well as www.koniamman.
tntemple.org for the convenience of the devotees in the country and abroad. They can also send e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 0422- 2396821/2390231.
The executive officer said that steps would be taken to obtain ISO certification for the temple with the approval of state government and HR and CE Commissioner after the completion of all works next year.
This year the annual Koniamman temple car festival will take place on March 3.