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Fairs and Festivals in Coimbatore

Fairs & Festivals – The city’s population is predominantly Hindu, along with sizable Muslim and Christian populations. Sikhs and Jains constitute in smaller numbers.

There are numerous Temples in the city including the Perur Temple, the Avinashi Temple, the Murugan temple in Marudamalai and Vishnu temples at Papanaickenpalayam. Konniamman temple at Big Bazaar temple is considered to be the city – temple.

A replica temple of Tirupathi is located in Valparai and another near Mettupalayam. The Mosques on Oppanakara Street and Big Bazaar Street date back to the period of Hyder Ali.

Christian missionaries date back to 1647 when permission was granted by the Nayak rulers to set up a small Church in Karumathampatti ( 12 km ).

It was destroyed by Tipu Sultan’s army resulting in a new church in 1804. In 1886; Coimbatore was constituted as a diocese after bifurcating with Pondicherry. Numerous Churches, both Roman Catholic and CSI Protestant, are present in Coimbatore.

The CSI Immanuel church in Avinashi is the largest church in India. It can accommodate about 8000 people in a single service. Sikh Gurudwaras and Jain Temples are located in R.S. Puram. ISHA Dhyana Lingam situated in the foothills of Velangiri hills is visited by many people regardless of religion.

Festivals

The Mariamman festivals, at the city’s numerous Amman temples, is a major event in summer. This is one of the most popular festivals celebrated along with Koniamman temple car festival. Car festivals at the Karamadai temple and the famous Avinashi temple attract a large attendance.

Traditional Hindu festivals like Pongal, Deepavali are major events. Ayudha pooja is an important festival. All commercial establishments are cleaned, painted, machines and vehicles washed, concluding with a pooja. Other religious occasions like Ramzan and Christmas are also observed by the city.

  • Thaipoosam and Thirukarthigai in Maruthamalai are celebrated in the months of January and February.
  • Car Festival of Sri Koniamman temple is celebrated on March 1st every year.
  • Panguni Uthiram is celebrated in Perur temple in March.

The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, Coimbatore Division, will operate special buses to the various Murugan temples in and around Coimbatore in view of the Panguni Uthiram festival and to the Bannari Amman Temple at Sathyamangalam in Erode for the Kundam festival.

Karthigai Deepam is the oldest festival of South India, which is also the most elaborate and the most important festival. Karthigai Deepam falls in the Tamil month of Karthigai when the star Krithigai is on the ascendant and usually occurs on a full moon day.

This festival is also called as “the Festival of Lights”. The month of Karthigai is of special importance to Tamil people, which derives its name from the star ‘Krithigai’. Lord Shiva, with His divine light, created Lord Muruga, in this month.

The popular legend behind the celebrations goes like this – Once upon a time the Devas, the heavenly immortals, put in their best possible efforts to have a complete Darshan of Lord Shiva.

During this process Lord Brahma took the form of a swan and Lord Vishnu in the form of a boar conducted an extensive search in the sky and in the neither world did they find him.

Lord Shiva asked Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to find out the exact location of his head and his feet. Since Lord Shiva took a gigantic form, they were not able to find him anywhere. Then Lord Shiva appeared before them in the form of a flaming light whose ends cannot be defined on the hill of Thiruvannamalai.

Therefore, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. Here, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and it is believed that Lord Shiva’s Jyoti will be visible on this day. The festival is celebrated in a special manner in Thiruvannamalai.

Lord Muruga took the form of six babies in a lake called “Saravana Poigai”. On this day, Parvati ( his mother ) united all his six forms and so Lord Muruga has six faces. Special pujas are performed to Lord Muruga.

The Coimbatore city is a traditional, multi – cultural inclusive society with its people still retaining their roots to their native surrounding villages and its culture.

The people of Coimbatore are known for their well – cultured manners, honesty and hospitality.There are numerous temples in the city including the Perur Temple, the Konniamman temple and the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple. The Mariamman festivals, at the city’s numerous Amman temples, are a major event in summer.

A replica temple of Tirupathi is located in Valparai and another near Mettupalayam. A famous ISKCON temple is also located 9 km from the city. It is a famous temple dedicated for Lord Krishna. Marudamalai, a well known shrine to Murugan, is close to the city.

Coimbatore has also been an abode for many siddhars or rishis, who were also experts in medicine, alchemy and astrology. The most prominent of them was Pambatti Siddhar who is said to have lived in Marudamalai. Many of his findings are recorded as poems.

The mosques on Oppanakara Street and Big Bazaar Street date back to the period of Hyder Ali. Christian missions date back to 1647 when permission was granted by the Nayak rulers to set up a small church in Karumathampatti ( 12 km ).

It was destroyed by Tipu Sultan’s army resulting in a new church in 1804. In 1886, Coimbatore was constituted as a diocese after bifurcating with Pondicherry. Sikh Gurudwaras and Jain Temples are also present in Coimbatore.

Many locations in the city including Kottaimedu have Muslims and Hindus living together which is also considered very sensitive as these locations become the prime target of crime during communal riots as was witnessed years back in the city. However, Coimbatore nowadays is a much more tolerant city.

Cuisine

The cuisine is predominantly south Indian with rice as base, has a less spicy Coimbatore flavour with variations to suit local palette. Most locals still retain their rural flavour and non – vegetarians are in large numbers.

Many restaurants serve food over a banana leaf. North Indian, Chinese and continental cuisines are also available. Mysorepa from Krishna sweets, Idly, Dosa and Vada – Sambar from Annapoorna chain of restaurants and Biriyani from Angannan Shop are popular among the locals.

The city has many evening outlets such as Bhel Puri, Vada – Bonda vendors that make up a local hangout for the youth. Recently, the influx of coffee shops has increased the quality of such hangouts.

Some very popular brands such as “Annapoorna”, “Sri Krishna Sweets” and “Angannan” originated in Coimbatore. Some famous restaurants are “That’s Y Food, Fodder Factory, Annapoorna, Peking, Annalakshmi etc.”

Pollachi Fair

It takes place on Thursdays. On these days, Pollachi puts on a crowded appearance. It is an established market for the products of the Annamalai hills, Palghat area and the Pollachi valley.

The merchandise sold includes paddy, garments, pulses, coconuts, groundnuts and all varieties of oil, fruits, vegetables, hides and skins and poultry. Elephants captured from nearby forests and also timbers ( for which those forests are famous ) are sold.

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