Thursday, May 23, 2013

Valparai – Temples & Churches

Valparai – Temples & Churches
Balaji Temple
Balaji temple is located 10 kilometers away from Valparai, inside a tea estate, owned and operated by the Peria Karamalai tea industries. Devotees from many places flock to this spot to worship the deity. Balaji temple is one of the most famous tourist spots in Valparai and is located 30 kilometers away from Coimbatore.
Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Lord Balaji here in this temple. It is set amidst tea plantations and hills all exuding an aura of serenity. Photography is prohibited inside the temple as well as the use of mobile phones. Poojas are performed without fail, much like the Tirupathi Balaji temple and attracts devout from far and wide to partake of the lords blessings. Vehicles are not allowed only till the entrance of the temple. From there, one has to walk by foot for a distance of half a kilometer to get to the temple.
The Balaji temple of Karamalai is a hotspot in Valparai.  The area also has a beautifully maintained garden with exotic flowers and a children’s park. Just look up on your left side when you come out of the temple. You can have a extraordinary sight of acres of grass land at the top of a hill called Grass hills.
Siddhi Vinayakar Temple
The Siddhi Vinayakar temple is located at 5 Kms from Valparai. This temple also has a beautiful garden and is owned by Jayshree tea industries. The serenity, silence and cleanliness are the attractions we never miss at these temples.
The idol of Ganapathi is similar to the one worshipped at the “Siddhi Vinayakar temple” at Mumbai.
The idol housed here at the Ganapati Temple has another interesting feature; it is carved entirely from one single block of marble. The temple is set amidst tea plantations that spread as far as the eyes can see. In that aspect, it is similar to the Temple which is located in Valparai. A visit to the temple is bound to leave the mind at ease. Set against the backdrop of serene hills and tree plantations, the ambience of the temple is known to cure the weariest of minds.
Karamalai Annai Vellankanni Church
Annai Velankanni Church is an awe inspiring fixture in the landscape of Valparai. Located some 10 kilometers from Valparai, it underwent re-construction in 2003. September is the best time of year to visit the Church when the Annual Festival is held. The festival is a matter of much importance in the locality and celebrated with great pomp and splendor on the 8th of September every year.
The Church has visitors every day who come here to feel the serene beauty of the Church and its surroundings. The setting is perfect for meditation, a place perfect to let all the fear and stress in your mind leave you. The church is dedicated to the worship of Velankanni Matha.

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