Kokkuvetti Karuppannachami of Thiruengoimalai
This Karuppanachmi temple is situated in Thiruengoimalai of Musiri Taluk of Trichy district.
Kokkuvetti Karuppanachami was earlier in a village in the Podhigai Mountain. He was a very troublesome god and use to punish people mercilessly. The villagers got fed up and put the God in a palm leaf box and put the box in the Cauvery River. After a long travel, it reached Thiruengoimalai. When the local villagers saw a box, they opened it. They were surprised to see a statue and simply consecrated in the river bank. It seems one day evening two sisters called Kanjamma and Thirumalai went to take bath in the river. Karuppannachami fell in love with them and started troubling them in a very ferocious form. They ran home, became very sick and died the next day. After this incident people had more fear than devotion towards Karuppanachami. So in the day time they used the statue as a counter weight in the manual pump foe pumping water. As soon as people went home, Karuppannachami reached the river bank. Possibly since he was hungry he started to kill cranes (kokku) which were in the river bank. So the people decided to treat Karuppannachami with more respect and built a small temple for him. When they were about to built the roof, one man came in trance and told them not to build the roof as Karuppannachami did not like that. Since Karuppannachami had killed several cranes, people started calling him, “Kokkuvetti Karuppannachami”.Since Karuppannachami fell in love with Kanjamma and Thirumalai, and their statues have also been kept in the temple. There are also statues of Kunnimarathan, Madhurai Veeran and a Ganesa inside the temple. During festivals special worship is done to these ladies.
All round Kokkuvetti Karuppannachami, several tridents have been planted. There are several typed requests and complaints tied to these tridents. People believe that once they complain in the court of Karuppannachami, he will settle the matter or give severe punishment. If the complainant wants death penalty to the criminal, he has also to bring a cock and pierce it on the trident along with his complaint.
There are no special festivals for Karuppannachami. Every Sunday animals are sacrificed to him in large numbers. Many people appeal for child birth and marriage. There is also a belief that he takes care of vehicles. So all vehicles by the way are stopped and the drivers salute Karuppannachami.