Legend claims that Anusuya Devi, the wife of Athari Maharishi was acclaimed for her purity and her devotion to her husband. So high was the praise for her that it soon reached the ears of the Gods. The praise for Anusuya Devi invoked jealousy and concern in the hearts of the wives of the Trimurti – Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The wives insisted that the Trimurti should put her purity and devotion to test. Accordingly, the Gods decided to visit her ashram at a time when the Maharishi was not present there in disguise. They were welcomed by Anusuya Devi and when she asked them for food and refreshments, they agreed but on one condition – she would have to serve them food without a stitch of clothing on herself. Anusuya Devi ended up in a conflict – she could not accept the condition as it were and she could not also let the guests leave the ashram hungry as this would amount to dishonoring the guests. She resolved her dilemma by using her powers to turn the Trimurti into children and then served them food as per their wish. Astounded by her purity and devotion the Trimurti regained their form, blessed her and her husband. Since the Trimuti or Thiru Murti took the test and blessed the couple at this spot, the place has been named Thirumoorthy Hill. One of the most popular and highly revered religious sites in Coimbatore, the Thirumoothy Hill Temple is dedicated to them.
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