Nammakkal is an ancient city of Tamil Nadu… The name literally means “the stone of Nama”, after a 65 feet rocky-hill, Namagiri, that is at the centre of the city. Its a single rock, more than 65 metres high, and a km or more in circumference. The city is not far from Salem/Erode, and is a part of the ancient Kongu Nadu.
The name Namakkal immediately brings to mind ‘Namakkal Anjaneyar’ – the temple of Hanuman at Namakkal. The idol of Hanuman is 18 feet or so in height, and stands under open sky. Opposite to the Hanuman is a temple of Narasimha.
Friend of mine visited Namakkal Anjaneyar yesterday, and offered Vennai-Kaappu to Hanuman (anointing the idol with butter).
He sent this picture of Hanuman…
Bolo Siyavara Ramachandra ki Jai! Pavansuta Hanuman ki Jai!