The beautiful hill town of Ooty is home to many wonderful structures in the form of places of worship. Let’s take a look at 9 of them.
Mariamman temple is a Hindu temple located near the market of Ooty and is dedicated to the local Goddess of Rain, Mariamman. The temple also houses an idol of Kaliamman, the sister of Mariamman. Goddess Mariamman is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Kali. The temple celebrates OotyMariamman Temple Festival when devotees flock to the place and many of them walk barefoot over burning coal to show their devotion to the Goddess.
Annamalai Murugan Temple:
AnnamalaiMurugan temple is located at a distance of 20 km from Ooty and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. The temple is referred to as the 7th hill house of the Lord. The temple stands on a hilltop and is surrounded by peaceful and serene atmosphere. The temple supplies free food to devotees and the needy ones, every day of the month for over 30 years now. The temple is widely visited during Lord Murugan festival.
Ooty Elk Hill Murugan Temple:
Murugan temple situated on Elk Hill in Ooty is a replica of Batu Caves in Malaysia. The temple complex houses a 40 feet long statue of Lord Murugan in Suthai form in a standing posture just outside the temple entrance. The temple also has idols of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Goddesses Sakthi, Nava Kanikas and NavagrahaSanithamans. The temple is located among dense forests and mountains and thus has become a prominent tourist spot. The festival of Thaipusam is widely celebrated here.
VaupujiyaSwamySwethambar Jain Temple:
VaupujiyaSwamySwethambar Jain temple is one of the most respectable Jain Dharmashalas in Ooty. The place is highly renowned and is known for its ability to clear out and purify the mental mysteries of one’s mind. Tourists who follow Jainism flock to the place because the temple celebrates spiritualism.
Nasiyan Jain Temple:
Nasiyan Jain temple is another main attraction especially for the Jain community in Ooty. The temple was constructed and initiated in the year 1895 and is located in Prithvi Raj road. It was built in the hounour of Rishabhdeoji, the first Jain Tirthankara. The temple also houses a small museum which preserves all valualble information of Jains.
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Valparai Linga Temple:
ValparaiLinga temple is situated on the majestic hills of Ooty and is a beautiful, ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple complex house a huge Shiva Lingam who is the presiding deity of the temple. The temple also has a structure of Nandi Bull. It is said that the temple was built collectively by collecting money from the neighbouring villages.
Muniswarar temple is located on the Bombay castle area of Ooty and is a prominent spot for locals and tourists alike. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Muniswarar who is believed to be a form of Lord Shiva. It is said Lord Muniswarar grants wishes to those who pray with a clear conscience. The temple is beautifully decorated with flower garlands and lights during festivals. Since it’s a Lord Shiva temple, Maha Shiva Ratri is celebrated here.
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Toda temples situated on the Nilgiri hills of Ooty in MuthunanduMund were the place of worship for Toda people, one of the 18 unique tribes in Ooty. The temples were constructed in a circular pit lined with stones and looked similar in appearance and construction to Toda huts. The Toda women are restricted to even go nearer to these temples.
Holy Trinity Church:
Holy Trinity church located in the peaceful and serene atmosphere of Ooty is one of the oldest churches there. It was initially visited by Indian Christians and put to use as a school during the weekdays. By 1858, it became a dedicated church with magnificent stained glass windows and looked Gothic and Tudor in appearance.
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