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This temple is located in a village called Karumathur which is about 20 km from Madurai. The story of the origin of this temple clearly show us that the village people of Tamil Nadu were influenced by the Hindu concepts of Trinity and wanted to adopt certain aspects of it.
It seems after the Kali age started Mayan (Lord Vishnu), Viruman (Lord Brahma), Sivan and Pechi (Goddess Parvathi) were unhappy on the top of Himalayas and decided to shift to the South India. But Mayan was doing Thapas at that time and informed the others that he would join them later. The other Gods reached the bank of Vaigai river near Madurai. They reached a place called Kachirayapu and did not find the place suitable. Viruman decided to go to Kerala to search for suitable place. Pechi was impatient and stared further search. Near Nagamalai Pechi turned herself in to an old hag and requested the people there to take her to a safe place. It seems she also created a golden Palanquin to carry her. When they entered Karumathur forest, Pechi thought that it was suitable. She asked the people to leave her there. That night when she was doing her worship with bells and fan fare, a local Devil God called Pey Kaman came there and told that it was his place and she should immediately vacate the place. Pey Kaman came twice with livers of animals as garland. Though Pechi turned them in to flower garlands, she was scared. Pechi enlisted to the help of Sivan. But Sivan being a vegetarian God was not able to do anything. So Pechi summoned Mayan who was doing Thapas in Himalayas. Even he was not able to do anything. So she searched and found out Viruman in Kerala. Viruman who was happy there refused to come. Pechi told him that, if he comes to Karumargur, he would be offered six times worship a day. Attracted by that offer, Viruman came and fought with Pey Kaman, In the fight, the leg of Pey Kaman’s horse was broken by Viruman. Disturbed by the fight, Chokka Nathar, Meenakshi and Subrhamanya came to make peace between Pey Kaman and Viruman. Lord Subrahmanya told that Viruman should travel in Pey Kaman’s horse and travel for a day. The area that he covers would be his. Similarly Pey Kaman should travel in Viruman’s horse and whatever area that he covers would be his. They did and Viruman could cover only a small area due to the broken leg of the horse of Pey Kaman. Pechi got very angry and said that in that area if any one worships Lord Subhramanya, he would be destroyed. So even today, in Karumathur area Lord Subrhamanya is not worshipped.
Since Viruman was strongest was them and was needed there Pechi imprisoned and chained him in a hole in the earth. He was told that during the last Friday of Adi month (July-august) a special worship would be done to him.
Since Siva was a Vegetarian God he has a separate temple in Keezh kuil kudi and the other three gods a common temple in Karumathur. On the festival day (last Friday of Adi) for Viruman three sheep (black, white and multi coloured) would be sacrificed. Then their heads will be buried in soil. Then Pongal is prepared using the meat from the seep. The priest of the temple throws three times that Pongal towards the sky to please the Gods. People say that whatever is thrown towards the sky never comes down. In the pit where Viruman was chained, there is a tall granite lamp post. When worship is done to Viruman, it seems that the lamppost shakes.
That same day at mid night A pregnant sheep is sacrificed to please Pechhiyamman. Three days before the festival, all pregnant women and ladies who have delivered recently leave the village and return only after the festival. That Pechi is also called Thilai Vana Pechi and Mai Kara Pechi.
It seems when a person was murdered and his baby son requested to give suitable punishment to the murdered. She took the form of an old woman, went to the court and stood as an unshakable witness. Due to this that murdered was punished. So she is also called High Court Pechi.