Poyyalamman of Okkur
The temple of Poyyalamman is in a village called Okkur which is 5 km from Avudayar Koil Of Pudukottai district.
Once upon a time the Poyyalamman temple was a part of the Siva temple of the village. Once when the priest came back from the temple he had locked a child in side the temple. Once he realized he rushed to the temple. When he was trying to open the door, he heard the voice of Poyyalamman, “ I want to play with the child. Let her be here for the night,.” The priest who was nervous tried to open the lock. Then Poyyalamman tore the child in to pieces and threw her out of the temple. When the villagers heard about this incident , they decided to have nothing with the temple and stopped all worship to the goddess. After some time, Poyyalamman came in the dream of one of the elders and told him, “I am very sorry for what I did. I am sad that I am not being offered any worship. Please build a temple for me. Then onwards I will take care of the delivery of all the women of the village. “ The people believed her and a temple was built for her. From then onwards the villagers have stopped spending money for the delivery of the women of the village.
When the family knows that the delivery time is nearing , they take her to an enclosed stage near the temple, leave her there and come back. Poyyalamman takes care of the delivery. The lady and her child live in a temple belonging to the hut for another 15-16 days. The villagers believe that Poyyalamman would also take care of the after delivery problems.
There are two festivals at the temple in the months of Vaikasi (May-june) and Chithirai (April-May)
Apart from Okkur , even all the nearby villagers send their girls for safe deliver to Poyyalamman temple.