Oor kattiya Pattayya of koo pudupatti
Koo pudupatti is a village near Kambam of Theni district. Once upon a time a sage called Veerasikku Chithar arrived in the village. He liked the environment of the village and stayed there.
At that time an evil spirit called Muni used to enter the village often and kill pregnant woman as well as, just born kids. At that time Sarangapani a magician from Karnataka happened to visit the village. He could easily recognize that the problems were due to Muni. He also told that this muni was below the village Banyan tree. Veera Sikku Chithar went to the Banyan tree and requested the Muni not to harm the villagers, Then the Muni replied, “ I would not harm them provided the first hair of the first born of all the villagers is offered to me. “ .Veerasikku Chithar requested the villagers to follow this, Suddenly all the problems of the village stopped. So the people started calling him “Orr katha Pattayya” meaning “Grandpa who saved the village.”
After this the cattle of Nanda gopala Swami temple of Kambam entered the local Jamindar’s field. Enraged the Jamindar caught all the cattle and tied them in his cattle shed. The local people sent Veerasikku Chithar as their representative. The Jamindar bombarded Chithar and sent him away. Chithar came to the boundary of Jamindar’s land and played his flute. All the cattle of Jamindat broke their cattle shed and went near the Chithar. This increased the anger of Jamindar but he acted as if he understood the greatness of Chithar. When Chithar went back to his house, Jamindar with his men set fire to his house. All the local people assembled there with sorrow. But nothing happened to Chithar and he came out of the burning house with a smile. Jamindar fell at Chithar’s feet and begged for his pardon.
Later the villagers started treating Chithar as their god. When Chithar died in his old age, the villagers built a temple for him over his Samadhi and called it temple of “Oor katha Pattayya.” The wooden slippers used by Chithar are also kept in this temple. The Muneeswara and Pattaya guard this village very well. When there is a quarrel or cheating in the village the people go to the temple of Pattayya and the case is settled quickly. The ash from Pattaya temple is treated as medicine by the villagers and they believe that it cures all diseases. Even today the first hair of the first born of the family members, wherever they are is offered to Muneeswara. This even includes the girls of the families.
During Pongal, Karthigai Dheepam and Siva Rathri there are special worship to Pattayya,