Arulmigu Koniamman Temple - History

In the past Tamilnadu was divided, Cheranadu, Cholanadu, Pandiya nadu, Kongunadu & Thondai nadu. Today’s Coimbatore District, Nilagiris District, Erode District, Salem District, Karur District and Palani Taluk was called Kongu nadu. The city of coimbatore which is proudly named as the"Manchester of South" India has its cultural and religious heritage. The word Kongu nadu itself denotes the composition of temples in the region. Koniamman temple and Dhandumariamman temple are considered as two eyes of the city coimbatore. The history of the temple and deity dates back to 13th century A.C.

The temple situated in the heart of the city, is built by a leader of a small cult Known as ‘IRULAS’ Six hundred years ago. The small village was also named as ‘COVANPUTHUR’ after the leader of this group. Whose name was ‘COVAN’ According to the ‘Cholan Poorva Pattayam’ in the Madras oriental Manuscript library. This Covanputhur later on changed as coimbatore. This ancient temple was situated in the north of coimbatore near sanganur stream.

Later when there was a fear of "Chera" invasion the illangosar tribe which was ruling at that time, built a new fort and to guard this fort, they built a temple and named the Predominent deity as Koniamman of this temple. After this tribes ruling came to an end the temple also had a sluggish period. Realising the importance of this temple, during the Mysore dynasty one of its kings renovated the temple and consecrated the Devi Koniamman in the style of "Mahisasura mardhani" from then on until to-day Goddess Koniamman blesses her people with love and grace.

The people of coimbatore has staunch belief in the powers of this Goddess. The deity grants her followers, whatever they want when they pray her with all sincerity and piety. The Sculptural beauty of the Present statue is mervellous. Day by day the temple is developing and the glory of the deity is fast spreading. During Tuesdays and Fridays large crowd is coming to the temple to get the divine grace of the deity, especially women are coming in large number. Abisheka Thertham of this temple is considered as a boon for so many ill affected people.