February 19, 2011

Namakkal Hanuman Temple - 18 feet tall idol

Namakkal is an ancient city located near Salem city in South India. The small town has the beautiful rock cut temples of Pallava period (8th century CE) dedicated for Ranganath and Narsimha. However, the most famous temple of Namakka is Hanuman temple.

Even though it is claimed that Hanuman temple is as old as the 8th century rock cut temple of Narasimha, it appears to have been built in the later period. Till one or two decades back, the Hanuman temple didn't have roof. The eighteen feet tall gigantic idol of Hanuman in the temple, which became world famous mainly due to its height, was standing without any roof. It was only during recent time, the roof was constructed for this temple. The Hanuman idol is facing Lord Narasimha. It is said that from the holes behind the shrine of Garud in Narasimha temple, one can see the Hanuman idol.

Hanuman temple doesn't have any other shrines or idols. The magnificent image of Hanuman is good enough to attract thousands of devotees.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:

Site Name: Namakkal Hanuman Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Highlight: 18 feet tall Hanuman idol; one of the most popular temples of Hanuman
Location: 50 kms from Salem city, Tamil Nadu state, India; around 370 kms from Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Nearest Railway Station: Salem
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Salem
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Salem; 
Restaurants: Only few good restaurants are available in Namakkal; You need to travel either to Salem or Erode for good restaurants

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