COIMBATORE is a major textile and engineering hub of South India. It is referred to as “the Manchester of South India” due to the presence of a flourishing textile industry. It is a heavily industrialised city with textile factories, engineering firms, automobile parts manufacturers, healthcare facilities and technical educational institutions. The hill stations of Ooty, Coonnor and Valparai are close to the city making it an attractive tourist destination throughout the year. The city is situated on the banks of the Noyyal River and is close to the Siruvani Waterfalls. Located in the shadow of the Western Ghats, Coimbatore enjoys a very pleasant climate. MARUDHAMALAI, COIMBATORE – Marudhamalai Hills, dedicated to Lord Muruga also called as Dandâyudhapâni is classified under Kunruthoradal as one of the main abodes of the God. Set against the backdrop of hazy blue hills dotted with shrubs and bushes of varied hues, the sacred shrine reflects the picture of Lord Muruga, magnificently mounted on his vehicle peacock, flaunting and swaying its feathers and plume in full bloom. The Sanskrit word “achalam” denotes mountain. As the mountain here is rich with marudham trees, it is known as Marudhachalam. Marudhamalai is overgrown with shrubs and bushes of medicinal properties.. The holy shrine of Marudhamalai is believed to remove both physical and mental afflictions and attachments. The pleasant breeze and peaceful environments bring harmony and quietness to the minds of devotees. Saints and holy men prefer this hill and come here in search of ‘KayaKalpam’ the Divine medicine for Salvation.
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