Ranganathaswami Temple, Karamadai
The famous Ranganatha temple in Karamadai is located at the center of the town. According to the sthalapurana of this temple, the 'Thottiyars' clan of people lived at Karamadai. A cow of one of the thottiyars failed to yield milk all of a sudden. He found out that the cow was shedding milk at a bush. Enraged, he started to cut it, when he heard an exploding sound and saw blood gushing from inside. On hearing this, the other people in the village came there and found a 'Swayambhu Lingam' (self-originated) inside the bush. The same night, Lord Ranganatha appeared in his dream and asked him to adorn the 'Lingam' with 'Chandana Kaapu'(sandal paste). It is believed that the lingam is growing in size every year. The Vaishnava acharya Sri Ramanuja is said to have visited this temple on his way from Srirangam to Thiru Narayanapuram. Karikala Chozhan and Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar are said to have made contributions to the temple. Thirumalai Nayakkar built the temple walls and several mandapams in and around the temple. There is an interesting legend associated with the temple that when a British engineer wanted to construct a railway line near the temple that would have caused inconvenience to the temple and its festivals, Lord Ranganatha appeared on a white horse in a dream vision. The engineer changed the direction of the railway line and donated a wooden white horse to the temple. To this day, the utsavar deity takes the street processions on this wooden white horse. This is considered to be the second oldest temple in the Coimbatore region and is said to have been built by the Vijayanagara Kings. It is also a unique temple where Lord Vishnu is worshipped in the form of a cubical lingam. Thousands of people visit the temple on Vaikuntha Ekadasi day. Offer worship at this sacred shrine of Lord Ranganatha and receive his divine grace in abundance.