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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious sites in Kodaikanal?

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Nature at Kodaikanal is worth worshipping but if that is not enough to satisfy the religious instincts in you, then there are some very beautiful religious spots for you to explore in the city.

 

In Kodaikanal:

 

  • Kurinji Andavar Murugan Temple: Located around four kilometers from the center of the town, this temple is dedicated to the presiding deity of this region, Lord Murugan. The lord is considered to be the lord of the hills. Interestingly, the temple was erected by a European lady who turned her beliefs to Hinduism after coming to India. The views from the location of the temple is an attraction in itself. The beauty of the green Palani Hills and the Vaigai Dam take you two steps closer to God . The best time to visit the temple is during the Summer Festival like thousands of tourists who make it a point to visit the temple during this time of the year to pay homage to the Lord’s feet.

     

  • Lutheran Church: The very popular church of Kodaikanal region, Lutheran Church standing since 1932 is the true representative of the gothic style of architecture that was used in building churches at the time. Located close to the Kodaikanal School, the church features beautiful glass windows, modern and contemporary paintings and intricate batik pieces of art showcasing different episodes from the Bible. Adjacent the church, there is another very popular church known as the King Church is located which is built in solemn granite and is decorated with stained glass windows.

 

Around Kodaikanal:

 

  • Subrahmanya Temple: This one though is located around 65 km away from the town, is one of the most visited religious spots by anyone who comes to visit the beautiful town of Kodaikanal. Dedicated to Lord Kartikeya, this temple rests at an altitude of about 135 meters and you will have to climb 659 steps to reach the main idol in the temple. For those who cannot climb so many stairs, there is a winch facility available. Best time to visit the temple is January or April when the two exciting festivals, Tai Pusam and Panguni Uttaram, are celebrated.

 

Come with a wish in your heart and you will not go empty-handed. Kodaikanal has something or the other for everyone.

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