Ayyanar is the main guardian deity of the villages of Tamil Nadu. Normally this imposing terracotta figure is seen in the boundary of the village. Surrounding him would be the colorful terracotta war steeds. In some temples the idols of Poorna and Pushkala who are his consorts are also present. Along with him normally Goddess Karuppu (black) is also present. He is also called Kari, Purathuvan, Kadal vannan, Chathan, Poosanaikelvan, Putkalai manavalan, Masathan, Kondayuthan, Arihara kumaran etc.
Chithakoor is a small village in the Pudu kottai district of Tamil Nadu near Avudayar Kil. He presides over more than one hundred villages surrounding Chithakoor. He is called Sevuga Perumal ayyanar( Ayyanar who is a servant god)
It seems he was once upon a time the presiding deity of Singanam puri which is about 80 km from Chithakoor. One day he rode on his war steed and reached Chithakoor. He liked the pleasant environment of Chithakoor. He tied his horse near the water source of the village and went in to the village, knocked the doors of rich people and told them, “ I have decided to stay near your water source. Please build a hut for me.” When they refused to believe it seems he told, “Tomorrow, you go to the water source . You will find my steed there. ”At the strike of morn the entire village rushed to the water source and saw the statue of the horse,. Then they realized that the man who came and woke them up was indeed Ayyanar. They immediately started the job of building a hut and started collecting leaves and sticks for that purpose. It seems one stranger who was passing through the village that day , happened to take one of those sticks. It seems he lost his eye sight as soon as he came out of the village. He ran to the water source and told Ayyanar that it was his mistake. He promised to return 1000 sticks instead of the one stick he has taken. It seems he regained his eye sight. From then onwards , the villagers realized that their Ayyaanar was a very serious God and would punish them if they do a mistake. Even to this day he is the court of last resort to all the villagers of Chithakoor. Whenever they have a problem regarding another person they go to the temple of Ayyanar , pay Rs 12.50 and lodge a complaint on either a Tuesday or Friday.. It seems their problem is immediately solved. Since people believe that the punishment of Ayyanar is terrible, they tell the truth in front of him, ask an apology if they have committed a mistake etc.
Several miraculous events are supposed to have happened the village. It seems once their water source went dry. All villagers went and complained to the Ayyanar. The Samiyadi (person in whom God has entered) entered in to a trance and asked them, “Do you want a rain or do you want your water source to be filled up?”. It seems the villagers chose the second alternative. Next day morning their water source was full without a single drop of rain.
Chithakoor Ayyanar it seems is very particular about his dues. It seems one day, he appeared in the dream of a rich man and asked him, “Why have not the given me bath with the orange which was given by a devotee?”. Next day the rich man rushed to the temple located the orange and got the sacrificial bath done.
The Ayyanar statue at this place has a whip in his hand. ,He is surrounded by Pooranam and Pushkalam , who are his consorts. On his right side there is a temple for Big Karuppu and Small Karuppu and surrounding the temple are Adambur Kali, Sannasi, Sidhi Vinayaga, Anjaneya, Valli etc. It seems initially Ayyanar was housed in a thatched shed. One day he appeared in the dream of a villager and wanted him to build a tiled temple for him. This was immediately carried out.
The temple festival is on Chithra Pournami day. Ten days before the festival Ayyanar is taken to his original village Singanampuri.