Area Note 1: The pre-expansion area of city limits was 105.6 sq.km. The 2010 expansion order added 12 local bodies and increased the total area to 265.36 sq.km. In 2011, three of the local bodies Vellalore (16.64 sq.km), Chinniampalayam (9.27 sq.km) and Perur (6.40 sq.km) were dropped from the expansion and Vellakinar (9.20 sq.km) and Chennavedampatti (4.5 sq.km) were added. The area post expansion is 246.75 sq.km.
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The Dhyanalinga is set amidst the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains, the first of its kind to be completed in over 2000 years. This powerful meditative space does not ascribe to any particular faith or belief system nor does it require any ritual, prayer, or worship. In June 1999, Dhyanalinga was consecrated by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, a realized master, mystic and yogi, after three years of intense process of prana prathista (process of energizing an object using one's own life energies). Measuring 13' 9", Dhyanalinga is the largest mercury-based live linga in the world. All the aspects of life are enshrined in the form of seven chakras, energized to the very peak and locked to prevent dissipation over time. It is expected that the energies of the Dhyanalinga will not suffer dissipation for at least 5000 years. THEERTAKUNDS The Dhyanalinga features two Theerthakunds, which are subterranean tanks with solidified mercury lingas immersed in water, built as preparatory tools to enhance one's spiritual receptivity before entering the Dhyanalinga. The Theerthakunds, are very powerful by themselves. It straightens out the energy or the pranic imbalances in a person, which leads to physical and mental well-being. Above all, it creates a tremendous receptivity to imbibe the energies of Dhyanalinga. They are open for Gents and Ladies from 7:30AM to 8:00PM NADHA ARADHANA An offering of sound to the Dhyanalinga, Nadha Aradhana is an etheric blend of vocals, singing bowls, drums and various other instruments amplified within the reverberating Dome, transporting one into the timeless space of the Dhyanalinga. The offering takes place twice a day, from 11:50 am to 12:10 pm and from 5:50 pm to 6:10 pm. These times are recognized as special sandhya kalas for meditators. A sandhya kala is a phase when nature undergoes certain transitions and makes a person more receptive to inner possibilities. AUMKAR MEDITATION Visitors to the Dhyanalinga can further deepen their experience by attending this daily introduction to the timeless and powerful mantra "Aum." This meditation is known to have transcendental qualities. It can bring peace and balance to one's system, and is known to relieve people from numerous physical and mental ailments when practiced regularly. Aumkar meditation is offered daily from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm.
It is a huge meditation hall constructed uniquely without pillars, round shape with a beautiful lingam at centre place. Silence can be enjoyable, good place for peaceful meditation. Staff guides the visitors
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The temple is situated approximately 15 km from Coimbatore town and we have bus services from Gandhipuram till the temple foothills, from there you can either take steps or take bus (if unable to walk steps) to reach the temple. On the walkway there is a peacock statue , which depicts the vahanam (vehicle) of lord Murugan, throught the walkway you can see many good sculptures, a Ganesha temple, a banayan tree temple and swami temple. Top the hill there are two major temples (aadi mulashathanam and mulashathanam ) and one Guha (cave). The first temple were load Murugan is shrine is with his two wife, behind this temple there is a stair which will lead you to a Guha, know to be Guha of Shri pambadi sitar/ sidar it is believed that the sitar would be visiting the diety in the form of snake. Beside the temple there is panchavriksha (five trees with one root). God Ganesha idol with five face is workshiped there , depicting pacha vriksha, then the main temple were god Murugan is in the form of Subramanian. Preferably visit during the evening before 1800 hrs so that you can witness the rathavatra at the temple. The temple is a religious place tophill Coimbatore from where you will enjoy the view of Coimbatore city.
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Me and a group of friends visited this awesome place on March 27. We all started from Chennai on March 26 and reached Coimbatore at 8:30 am on march 27. Had breakfast at aaryas opposite to railway station and got a bus to isha yoga. It took 1 hour to reach isha yoga. We spent 2 hours there visiting dhyana linga and adhiyogi. The place is stunning and facilities were amazing. We had out lunch there and left to poondi in the afternoon. It was a short trip by share auto. Poondi is the location of velliangiri temple and starting place for the trek. Since we were planning for a night trek, we rested there in the afternoon, took bath in the public bathroom there and had anna dhanam food from the temple in the evening. Since March 27 was an auspicious day due to full moon and "panguni uthiram", there were huge crowds in the temple and for the trek as well. We started the trek at 7 pm. The forest department does extensive search of bags to throw out any plastic stuff. They even threw out my friends toothbrush. Make sure all is put in paper bags or food items rolled in newspapers. There are totally 7 hills about 1km each. Hills 1,2,3 have a lot of steps and are difficult. You can actually wear shoes here to make the climb easier. Hills 4, 5 and 6 are marginally easier as there are some flat lands through which you travel. Hill 6 has a pond where a lot of people take bath. Hill 7 is the most difficult of them all where the mountain is very steep. One needs good company and will power to climb it. But once you are done, you will feel good about yourself. So, please don't lose motivation and climb down. Ensure that you finish all 7 mountains. Some tips: Me and my friend had done a lot of YouTube research on the mountain and practiced 7-8 km walks daily near our home. it is recommended that one does these things to keep the climb easier. It is also advised to travel light.carry one bedsheet, one light jacket and 2 litres of water along with some fruits like apple and orange. Since this was during season, there were a lot of shops in the mountain where you could get biscuits, lime soda, butter milk, water melon and other stuff. If you run out of water, there are places near 2nd and 6th hill where you can fill them. Most of the shops will fill your water bottles for 30 rs per bottle as well. If you plan to trek at night, carry a torch as well. You should also get a stick for climbing when you are at the mountain base.
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From Coimbatore city to Thadagam Road leads to a small hillock (20-30 min soft climb) on which, Lord Subramaniar temple is situated. With thick forest sorrounding it along with a small stream nearby, it is a peaceful place for a short trek and divine experience. Go with the advise of forest check post as after light hours for onward or return may lead to encounter with wild animals.
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Eachanari Vinayagar temple is one of the popular Hindu temple dedicated to the elephant God Ganesha and is situated 10 km away from Coimbatore to Pollachi enroute, in the state of Tamilnadu. This is remarkably clean and quiet temple with charming and delightful environment. Lord Vinayaga, symbolises Ohm Pranav mantra, is a presiding deity of this temple Lord Vinayaga is venerated as the foremost God of the Universe. He is glorified as the chief of the Vedas, he is the flame of wisdom. This is one of the famous Vinayagar Temples at Eachanari. Come to this temple to experience divine blessings and spirituality.
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