Kurunji Andavar temple – kodaikonal – Tamil Nadu

Kurunji Andavar temple is a small, beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Muruga (also called as Lord Karthikeya), situated in the beautiful tourist town of Kodaikonal.

In Tamil, Kurunji means hill and Andavar means god. Hence Lord Muruga is also called as god of hills.

Kurunji is also name of a flower which blooms only once in 12 years. 2016 is supposed to be the year when it should bloom this time. However it was not when we visited.

You will find Kurunji flower tress around the temple on this top part of the hill where the temple is located.

Kurunji Andavar temple is one of the major attractions of Kodaikonal. During may summer festival is celebrated here attracting lot of people and hence it becomes very very crowded.

Kodaikonal is around 460 Kms from Bangalore and 550 Kms from Chennai. Road conditions  and drive from both Bangalore and Chennai to kodaikonal is good.

Kurunji Andavar temple Temple Entrance

below is the temple entrance. As you can see the temple has a beautiful idol of lord Murgan at the top with 2 peacocks.

Peacock is the vahan of lord Murgan.

Kurunji Andavar temple
Temple Entrance

The temple also has a large statue ot peacock in the temple premises as it is in many other lord Murgan temples.

And then you also the statuue of Navagrahas with in the temple premises.

navagrah @ Kurunji Andavar temple
Navagrahas Inside temple

There is a very nice shopping area in the front of the temple. Here you can by a lot of handcratft items which are so nice to take back home. These wooden craft are made locally here.

You can also buy choclates which are locally made here and are very tasty. The ofcourse spices you cabn buy here which are locally grown here.

A shop outside temple premises

View from the top of Murgan temple

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Kurunji Andavar temple is a small, beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Muruga (also called as Lord Karthikeya), situated in the beautiful tourist town of Kodaikonal. In Tamil, Kurunji means hill and Andavar means god. Hence Lord Muruga is also called as god of hills. Kurunji is also name of a flower which blooms only once…

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