Poruloor Nalla Mangai Amman
This temple is situated in a small village called Poruloor which is near Ottan Chathiram of Dindukkal district of Tamil Nadu. There is an interesting story about this temple.
It seems once upon a time, Poruloor was a very prosperous village. And very many rich people were living there. So some black magicians from Malayalam (Kerala) entered the village without any one seeing them and started stealing the riches of the people there. Scared the people of Poruloor went to the local Shiva temple and prayed the Lord to take suitable action. A voice was heard from the sanctum sanctorum that their property would be recovered and would come in search of them. That might also the Kerala Magicians came to steal in the village. Some power prevented them from entering the village and started chasing them. Understanding that it was a divine power, the magicians brought back all the wealth they have stolen and left it at the boundary of the village. People were happy and thanked Lord Shiva,
After a few days the cows of the village when they were left for grazing reached a particular spot and poured their milk there. The people dug that place and got an idol of the goddess. Then the goddess entered in to a lady who had come there and she told in her trance, “I am the Nalla Mangai Amman. According to wishes of Lord Shiva, I only drove away the magicians and recovered your money.” People thanked the Goddess and built a temple for her in their village. The goddess has eight hands and is in the pose of having killed an asura.
There was a poor poet called Periyana Pulvar near Poruloor. He got fed up with his poverty and went to Thirupathi. There he composed a poem chiding Venkitachalapathy and told that he was the cause of his poverty. Immediately he lost his eye sight. When the poet further begged the lord he was told to go first to Pazhani, where he will regain sight of one eye and then to Nalla Mangai temple of Poruloor, where he would regain the sight of the other eye. When he complied with the order, he got back vision of both eyes. He settled down in Poruloor, wrote poems on the goddess and till his death he was a priest of the temple also.
Unlike other similar temples Poruloor Nalla Mangai Amman does not have any minor gods with her. But there is a temple to Karpannachami for guarding her. IN the temple below the Vilwa tree they have kept the statue recovered when they dug the earth and inside the sanctum a new statue has been consecrated. Vegetarian dishes are only offered to this goddess. On Shiva Rathri day a mixture of green gram, horse gram and Bengal gram is boiled and offered to her. People of the village observe severe fast. From Kodu mudi which is 100 km from the temple people bring Kavadi and offer to the Goddess on Shiva Rathri days.
It is a practice to seek the opinion of the Goddess before important decisions are taken by the villages. They keep a flower on the head of the Goddess. If it falls on her right, they believe that they can go ahead with the proposal However if it falls to the left side, they drop the proposal.