Masani Amman is an aspect of Shakthi Devi, and her temple is located in Anaimalai, Pollachi, TamilNadu.
Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple, often referred as Anaimalai Masani Amman Temple, is a highly revered shrine situated at Anaimalai, in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. The temple, nestled amid grassland interlaced with criss-cross pathways and rivulets against the backdrop of Anaimalai Hills, is about 24 km south-west of Pollachi.
It is situated at the confluence of Aliyar River and the Uppar stream Anaimalai Masani Amman Temple enshrines Goddess Arulmigu Masani Amman as the presiding deity. The deity is seen in a lying posture measuring 15 ft from head to foot. The deity is depicted with four hands; two placed on the ground and two raised above. Other deities worshipped include Neethi Kal (stone of justice) and Mahamuniappan. Legend has it that during Lord Ram wanderings in search of Sita, he stayed in Anaimalai in a graveyard.
Most noteworthy feature of the Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple is that it serves as a welfare government listening to the grievances of the public, as a clinical dispensary rectifying the physical ills of people and as a court of justice easing the suffering of men and women. Hundreds of devotees flock to the temple, especially woman, during Tuesdays and Fridays. The annual Kundam Festival celebrated here is a major draw attended by thousands of devotees amid much pomp and splendor.
The region was under the rule of one Nannan in days of yore. He grew a mango tree on the banks of Aliyaru River and ordered that the fruit of the tree was meant for his own use and none should take or use them. A woman while bathing in the river, saw a mango floating in the river and ate it not knowing the order of the king. The angry and cruel king rewarded capital punishment to the woman and executed despite opposition of the public. The aggrieved public built a tomb for her and prayed for her salvation and also made an idol of her in a reclining for. In the days that followed, the woman became the guardian deity of the place and a regular temple was built then.
An 18 day festival is grandly celebrated in the temple in the month of Thai (January-February. Also New Moon days, Tuesdays and Fridays are festival days in the temple. The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. continuously.