In this reputed Muruga
kshetra, there are some shrines dedicated to Saivate gods and they are adored with equal
fervor. In fact in every Siva mandir or Muruga temple, or one dedicated to Mother
Parvathi, there is found invariably a well- built mini-shrine or mantap for Lord Ganesh. Why
even in Vaishnava shrines also, his image is found in one place or the other; for, it is ordained by Lord Siva, that
he is the destroyer of vighna of any type that crops up during the process of any work taken up by any one including the
highest gods, like Vishnu, Siva etc. Agra puja is offered to him by all. So seeing his icon is nothing extra-ordinary, nor unique,
but to find a separate, independent shrine-for him with regular routine worship speaks recognition of his place and
extension of veneration due.
This Vinayaka's shrine is a neatly built and well maintained little
shrine, popular as Thanthonria Vinayakar and is drawing the visitors' reverent
attention and soulful prayers; for, he is blessing the devotees instantly as a
matter of fact. The image- is extremely grand and as it is decorated with
garlands and jewels, he feasts the eyes of the bhaktas. They burn camphor and
adore even in the absence of priests. Yet there is another shrine for Vinayaka called
Uchchai Pillayar temple lying at about three kilometers off the main temple,
visited by bhaktas on their visit to this Murugan temple. Distance over the
hills is not obscuring his glory in a way. So ardent devotees visit and offer
prayers to him soulfully.
is 10 km off Coimbatore of Tamilnadu, accessible by city bus.