Aachi Kizhavi of Usilampatti
Paapapatti is a village which is 15 km from Usilampatti of Madurai district. From here Karumathur is 15 km. Paapayi was a girl born in this village and was given in marriage to a man in Paapan patti. There is an Ochandamman temple in Karumathur Once the family of Aandayi offered pongal in the Ochandamman temple. Aandayi and her sister in law(her husband’s brother’s wife) came to this function. There is a custom in Ochandamman temple , in which the priest takes a small part of the rice used to prepare pongal as well as part of the prepared pongal from each individual offering Pongal. Aandayi objected to their taking a part from her sister in law saying that” My in laws will think very low of me, if you take a share from some body from their village.” The priests did not bother and took the share. This infuriated Aandayi. She took the hot pongal pot, kept it on her head and started walking towards Paapapatti. Her brother who followed her lost his eye sight as son as he crossed the village boundary, Aandayi told him to follow her as Karumathur people would disrespect him if he goes back. When they reached Usilampatti, Aandayi asked her brother to stay in Chinna Karuppu temple there. And went to take bath in the Palace pond. While she was taking bath the watch men of the palace took away her sari to cradle their baby. But because Aandayi had some divine power that sari caught fire. So they showed a place in their town for Aandayi to take rest. Aandayi entered there with the pongal pot. No body has seen her after that. Her ten children when they entered the bush only found the pongal pot. So they assumed that their mother has become God. near the place where she became God there was a temple for Angala Iyer. They built a small temple within that temple for their mother. People believed that she was followed by Ochandamman when she left Karumathur. So they built a temple for Ochandamman also there. From then Aandayi was called as Aachi Kizhavi.
When the children partitioned their property one son got a rough uncultivated parch of land and all others got fertile land. When that sin came and cried before Aachi kizhavi, a voice from the temple told “I would see you with one eye and other nine with another eye.” From then the rough patch became very fertile and that son’s family became very rich compared to others.
In this temple there are several Gods. Angala Iyer Sami along with Thanganni and Poonganni is in the main temple. Out side his temple is Mayandi. On the left side seven prince Gods are there. On the write side a picture of Aachi Kizhavi has been draw and Garlanded. On the opposite side in a row are Agni thangu, Madana thangu, Periya Thavasi, Chenthavasi, Ochandammal, Ulaganathan and near them there is Virumala Rakku. By her side is a small platform, which is worshipped as Aachi kizhavi. Her picture is drawn there also. By her side are Pechiyamman, Chandana Karuppu , Kalanji karuppu and Kotai karuppu. Also statues of China Karuppu , Periya Karuppu , Agniveeran , and Kollimalai Rakkammal are also there.
People who are troubled by false cases come and pray to Aachi kizhavi and get relief immediately.
The Shiva Rathri is celebrated with fan and fare at this temple. All the material of Aachi kizhavi are stored in Chinna karuppu temple of Usilampatti. They are brought from there with drum and pipe music. The Chamiyadi (God’s representative) of Angala Iyer accompanies it along with a whip. In a place called Ilamthoppu, the descendents of Aachi kizhavi receive her ornaments. They check whether every thing is all right. Then it is brought to Aachi kizhavi’s temple and three Poojas are performed. After the Pooja the boxes are taken back to Usilampatti. Later Goats are sacrificed to Chinna and Periya Karuppu.
There is another interesting story about this temple. In front of the temple of Karuppu there are two elephant statues. One of them is black and another white. Once it seems a white man asked the Chamiyadi whether the elephants will eat sugarcane. When Chamiyadi said yes, the white man brought lot of sugar cane. The elephant was covered with a cloth tent and the sugar cane was placed there. After some time, when they opened the tent they saw that the whole sugarcane has vanished. Later The Chamiyadi told the white man that his son is sick and will not live long. It seems immediately the white man received news about his son’s death.
On the day when the procession carries the ornaments of Aachi kizhavi, it seems all offices and shops are closed for a day.