Kali theertha Ayya of Aayakaranpulam
This temple is located in Aayakaranpulam which is near Vedaranyam. It seems one upon a time, the Brahmin priests of Vedaranyam temple were searching for sweet water to Abhisheka to Lord Vedaranyeswarar. They found it in a spring after a great search in a nearby forest. They daily went there and brought the sweet water from the spring for anointing their God. .Five days after the new Moon (Amavasya) they say a strange sight there. They say a glowing circle descend from the sky to the earth near the spring. When it came near the earth, they also heard sounds of some musical instruments. This was seen only be a few of them. When they told it to others, they lost their eye sight. Because of this they went after one month to the same spot and saw the same sight. They planted a brick at the spot where the light has descended and started worshipping it. In the next month, when the light came again, the Brahmin priests sacrificed a goat to that God. As soon as the goat was sacrificed the light did not go back. The Brahmins did pooja and Abhishekam at the same spot for 48 days. At that time, the land below the brick, split open and slowly the split widened. Later a stone started emerging out of the split. From then on the ball of light stopped coming from the sky.
People started worshipping the stone as “Kali Theertha Ayya”, meaning, “Sir who solved our sufferings.” From then all people who have problems come here and request the God to solve their problems. People believe that their problems are getting solved. People also believe that the stone which emerged out from the split is still growing. A brick is placed before the stone and all worship is done to the brick. But for that there are no idols for “kali theertha Ayya.”
Opposite him there is Thoondil Karuppar and by the side is Veerappa Sámi. Also statues of Samban and Pethan statues are there by the side of the main temple.
Devotees say, that” if my problem is solved, I would give a horse to Kali Thee than (Kali theertha Ayya).” Others offer other animals like goat, dog etc. Because of this there are several statues of animals especially horses, before the temple. Some people, who gat sick, pray that they will offer their statue to the temples. Hundreds of such statues can also be found in the temple.
Some times, when people get serious incurable diseases, they are given in adoption to Ayya. Most of them get cured. On Friday and Tuesday, there is a huge crowd at the temple. The chamiyadi enters in to a trance and answers questions of devotes on these days. On the New Year’s Day there is a festival at this temple. Ayya is a vegetarian but every week some or other animal is offered to Veerappachami.
Though the place where the Brahmin priests read Veda for 48 days is in a sandy patch, the place where they read Vedas is filled with red soil.