I feel blessed to have gotten a good darshan at Namakkal Sri Anjaneyar Temple [அருள்மிகு ஆஞ்சநேயர் சன்னதி, நாமக்கல்] and at Namakkal Sri Narasimhaswamy Temple [அருள்மிகு நாமகிரி தாயார், நரசிம்மர் திருக்கோயில், நாமக்கல்].
Namakkal Sri Anjaneyar
Namakkal Sri Anjaneyar is one of the famous temples for Lord Hanuman in the state and is over a millennium old. The 18-feet idol is composed of a single stone and is believed to be growing slowly in height every year, as a result, there is no roof for the holy idol.
Namakkal Sri Narasimha Temple
The Sri Narasimha Temple is in the foothill of a small fort, the main Sanctum Santorum is carved out of the hill rock. Wikipedia says the temple is believed to be built during the 8th century by the Pandya kings. The Goddess residing here, Namagiri Lakshmi is said to have blessed the Mathematician Genius, Mr Srinivasa Ramanujan, with knowledge. Since we went early on a weekday (Wednesday) there was no crowd, only a dozen devotees.
The nearest city to Namakkal will be Salem, Tamil Nadu. The temples are located along Namakkal-Salem Road in Namakkal district in Tamil Nadu. From Salem city, in the non-peak hours, it will take about an hour by car to reach the place via National Highway 44 (new number).
Interestingly, at 3500 km, the NH44 is the longest road in the country connecting Srinagar in the North to Kanyakumari in the South of India.
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