Historians are not able to estimate the age of the Vanni tree of the temple. It is too ancient. If a leaf of the tree is put in a pot of water, the purity lasts for years. Those carrying Theertha Kavadi –Water Pots–to Palani for Panguni Uthiram (March-April) festival place this leaf in the water pots.
Sri Magudeswarar Temple, Tirupandikodumudi, Kodumudi, Erode district.
Phone: +91- 4204-222 375.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
11 day Chithirai Tirunal festival in April-May is the main festival of the temple. Devotee crowd will be huge on the Aadi Perukku day in July-August. Special Pujas are performed in the temple on new moon, full moon days and on Pradosha days-13th day of new moon or full moon days, a day of great importance for Lord Shiva worship.
A competition arose between Adisesha and Vayu the God of Winds about their might. They put the Meru mount at a centre which was tightly held by Adisesha. Vayu blew with all velocity to push Adisesha. Meru split into seven pieces, each as a Gem Shivalinga. The diamond piece fell in Kodumudi. This is a place for Naga worship. Majority of the devotees come here seeking relief from adverse effects of serpent planets.
Lord Brahma has three faces in this temple against four attributed to him. The Vanni Tree is supposed to be His fourth face. Sages Agasthya and Bharadwaja had Lord Shiva's wedding darshan here. Naga worship (serpent worship) is popular here as the divine serpent Adisesha was instrumental for the coming up of the temple.
Sri Anjaneya appears with biting teeth taking the Sanjeevi hill northward– the hill that contains wealth of herbals. There is a bell on his tail. Lord Vyakrapada Vinayaka graces in a pillar in Perumal shrine. Vinayaka has the feet of a tiger and the face of an elephant, a very rare form. Lord Magudeswarar is also praised as Malai Kolundeeswarar and Mother as Soundaryanayaki and Vadivudainayaki.