Mayanur (Tamil: மாயனூர்) is one of the famous tourist attraction in Karur District, which is situated bank of the River Cauveri and its comes under Krishnarayapuram Taluk's administration of Tamil Nadu State. It is believed that the name Mayanur derived from the Tamizh word (மைய்யம்) maiyam, (மையனூர்) maiyanur means center place in Tamil language, which is considered as the center place of Tamil Nadu. In the ancient medieval period, it is believed to have been a tri-junction midpoint of Chera, Chola and Pandiya dynasties and The Madukkarai Wall is a historic border fortification demarcating the boundaries of the three ancient kingdoms. The wall was supposedly erected by the goddess Sellandiyamman. It may be over 2,000 years old.
Mayanur is located on Karur-Trichy National Highway (NH-37), 20 km from Karur city and 21 km from Kulithalai. It has five subdivision villages in it called Kaspa Mayanur, Keela Mayanur, Pudhu Street, Mela Mayanur and Kilinjanatham.
The River Cauvery:
The River Cauveri has broadest ots width at this location, it is around 1.5 km, compared to the any other places where it is flowing in Tamil Nadu so it is also called அகண்ட காவேரி (broad Cauvery) in this location. The Tamil Nadu state government recently have constructed a 1.233 km long bridge-cum-barrage across the Cauveri river which is connecting mayanur with kattupudur, mohanoor road and Namakkal district via Selaipillaiyaarpudur, and shortening the distance between the nearest points by about 45 km. The project is seen as the cornerstone for the first Intra-state river linking plan. The aim of this project is to increase the irrigation management capacity of the south bank canal, Kattalai High level channel, New Kattalai high level channel and the Krishnarayapuram channel which all branch off the cauvery at Mayanur which helps to store upto 1.04 tmc ft of water during monsoon. It splits from the main branch and flows eastward into the nearby villages. The maintenance and distribution water among those channels are comes under the direct control of Public Works Department (PWD) of mayanur.
Sellandiyamman Temple is one of the main attraction in this village and most sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus of its surrounded villages. The goddess in this temple called as Sellandiamman. The Amman sculpture, which is inside the shrine looks different than normal sculpture available in the country, It has slight bend in neck from the body center, Because The main center of the temple (மூலாதாரம்) is slightly away from line of path of main entrance, So it is believed that, in order to see the water flow in the river Cauvery, Amman Sculpture has slight bend in her neck. There are numerous stories are available around this abnormal Amman sculpture.
Adi-perukku is one of the famous festival among Hindus which is being celebrated in the bank of Cauveri river, It is a Tamizhar festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamizh month of (ஆடி மாதம்) Adi (mid-July to mid-August). The festival pays tribute to water's life-sustaining properties. For the blessing of mankind with peace, prosperity and happiness, Nature worship in the form of Amman deities are organized to shower Nature’s bountiful grace on human beings.
There are two more famous temples are located in this village, One is (தானாய் வளர்ந்த மாரியம்மன்) Thana Vazharntha Mariyamman Temple and another one is (திரு மாரியம்மன்) Sri Mariamman Temple, both situated at Keela mayanur & Kilinjanatham respectively. The Kilinjanatham Mariaman temple is also called as (ஆதி மாரியம்மன்) Aathi Mariyamman. During the month of April or May, a five-day festival is celebrated by its devotees.
There are numerous provisional, grocery, garland shops and multi-products stores are available in the village. Weekly based vegetables and multi-product rural market is also available on every monday evening 2pm to around 10pm , and its attracts many small scale vendors and buyer around 50 km circumference of this village. Due to availability of water in Cauveri river fishing also one of major activities through out the year and it is also exported all over district and near by states.