Pirandi Ayyanar of Chelliyampatti
Chelliyampatti is a small village near Piran Malai of Shiva Ganga district. The God who guards this village is Pirandi Ayyanar.
About 700 years back about 200 people of the same joint family migrated to south from North India. Along them with them was Brahmin youth who used to assist them and his sister.
They settled in the Vanniya country. There was a king of Vali country in this state. Once he happened to see a pretty girl of this group and fell in love with her. He sent his emissaries with a proposal for the marriage. Since he was the king, the people of this family could not tell no to him. But the girl did not like to marry the king. So they went on making preparations for the marriage publicly but were also packing of their things to go away from there. When their preparation for departure was over, they put all the ornaments that they made for the bride on a dog’s neck and departed from there and hastily started going away. The Brahmin lad and his sister accompanied them. Mean while the king with his army found about their duplicity and started chasing them. The family reached a river shore which was in floods. They prayed God to save them. He told them to kick a Vanni tree. They kicked a big Vanni tree on the shore. It well across the river another tree from the opposite shore also fell. The family crossed the river on this god given bridge. Unfortunately the sister of the Brahmin lad fell in to the water and died. They consoled the Brahmin youth and went on traveling from place to place. The Brahmin youth also died. That family thought that the Brahmin youth and his sister were their Gods. . At night wherever they stayed, they use to powder rice and make a ball and offer it to the Brahmin youth. For this they had with them an Ammi (flat granite stone) and a kuzhavi (Pestle). One day when they camped in the forest, they found that the Kuzhavi was missing. Since without offering the rice ball, none of them took food, they started a vigorous search. At last they found the Kuzhavi in an upright poison in the middle of the forest. When they tried to lift it, it told , “I like this place. I want to live here.” Because of this they thought that the Kuzhavi was the Brahmin youth , and constructed a temple for him. They also built houses for themselves and started calling their God as Pirandi Ayyanar. They also made a statue for his sister. When they dug a pond (chengai ) for drinking water, they saw that a tamarind tree started growing near by. Some dogs started howling and scratching the soil near by. So they thought that both the pond as well as the tamarind tree were divine. They started calling the pond as Bhairava Chengai and the tree as Bhairava Chengai puli. Even today this tree is alive,. They also made a mound , in which they buried all their wealth and ornaments and started calling it as Dindodharan Medu. Some black magicians tried to steel these treasures., then the Aandi deivam which was also consecrated at the temple went to Kerala and brought Malayala Karuppu to help them. Malayala Karuppu destroyed the magicians. When he wanted to go away, the other Gods in the temple requested him to be with them. He was reluctant but when he was told that he would also be worshipped, he hose o stay with them not in the temple but near a pond which was at a short distance. He was initially staying in a crab hole., one lady without knowing this introduced her hand in the hole. Then Malayala Karuppu ordered her to worship him. She was doing it regularly on all Fridays. But after a few days she entrusted the job to a boy who had come to graze goats. Till today his descendents are the priests in the temple of Karuppu,
A statue and a temple for Malayala Karuppu has been built in the temple complex of Pirandi Ayyanar. There are seven maidens and Chinna Karuppu temples also. Besides there are 21 Hanuman statutes ,sixty army gods and twenty seven thavasi gods , who are all represented by mounds. There is also a Ganapathi temple.
There are no annual festival for the Ayyanar. If he permits there is a horse offering festival in some years. During that time animals are sacrificed to Malayala Karuppu in which only males participate.
People belied that Pirandi Ayyanar would solve their problems , even before they reach back their homes.