Athoor

Introduction

Attur also spelt as Athoor in Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu is town which is seeing steady growth in recent times.

Etymology

In Tamil which is spoken here Athu or Aaru refers to a river and oor or ur refers to a place. As a river flows through here this place has been called locally as Attur by the people here.

Geography

Attur is located at 10°17'10.2"N 77°51'11.0"E. The Kodagannar River passes through this place and Kamaraj Sagar Dam is the biggest water body in the vicinity.

Education

At present there is only a Government Higher Secondary School at Athoor.

Demographics

There are about 15,000 people living here and the major language spoken by the people here is Tamil. Most of the people here follow Hinduism.

Economy

The main sources of income for the people here are agriculture and quarrying. There are also several sago factories here which employ a considerable number of people. During the pilgrimage season in the months of July and August several thousand of people visit Athoor daily and then proceed to worship at the Sadayandi. Sadayandi is portrayed having a huge beard and is believed to protect his worshipers from dark magic and evil. During this period several businesses catering to the pilgrims spring up and contribute greatly to Athoor's economy.

Transportation

Attur is well connected to the rest of Tamil Nadu by road. The nearest railway station is at Dindigul which is about 17 km away and the nearest airport is at Madurai which is about 67 km from here.