Kurinji Andavar Temple has located at the Kodaikanal, 3 km from the bus stand. Let's learn about the history of the temple. The hilly and hilly area in the ancient Tamil land division is called Kurinji. It is a term that refers to the bond between the Tamilians hill areas and the Kurinji plants.
Kurinchi Lord Temple (lord of Kuravas) was built by an Australian woman:
An Australian woman, RL Harrison, who enjoyed the beauty of these rare Kurinji flowers blooming in blue colour in the Kodaikanal hills, which blooms once in 12 years, married Ramanathan from the area. She changed her name to Lilavati. Staying at Kodaikanal, she was very happy to see Palani Hill where Murugan sits like a Thandauthapani every day. Clouds covered Palani Hill and the temple during monsoons, so she could not see the Lord Murugan hills. So, a Murugan temple was built and worshipped in a part of Kodaikanal in 1936.
Later, Ramanathan's adopted daughter Padmini and her husband Bhaskaran gave this temple to the administration of Palani Thandayuthapani Swamy Temple. After this, the temple is known as Kurinji Andavar Kovil. Even now, if you look from the left side of the Kurinji Andavar Temple, you can see the Palani Hill Temple. Tourists visiting Kodaikanal have a habit of visiting Lord Murugan of Kurinji.
The summer festival at Kodaikanal, the princess of the hills, started the last year in 2018 and was held in full swing. In this, all the programs like flower exhibition, boat competition, duck catching competition, art performances, tribal dance and various sports competitions were held for the enjoyment of the tourists.
The main event of the summer festival will be flower worship to Lord Murugan in Kurinji Andavar Temple. More than a thousand people will participate and have a darshan of Lord Murugan. In this area, there are a lot of Kurinji plants that bloom once in 12 years. Due to this, the temple got the name Kurinji Andavar Temple. The Kurinji plant last bloomed in 2018. Next, it is expected to bloom in 2030.
This article is created as a part of the Adivasi Awaaz project, with the support of Misereor and Prayog Samaj Sevi Sanstha.