Thottichi Amman of Periya Poolankulam
Periya Poolankulam is a small village 8 km away from Madhurai in the Madhurai-Shiva Gangai road. Once a family who foretell the future of people came to this village. This family consisted of a father, mother and two daughters after finishing their job while they were returning they were planning to take rest in Perumparai which is near the village. At that time the younger daughter became very thirsty. She along with her elder sister went in search of water. They located a stream near by. The younger daughter got down in the stream to drink water. But there was a whirlpool at that spot and she was drawn in to it. The family cried and left there because nothing could be done.
On that night an elderly man of Dalit caste saw a dream in which one young girl told him, “My name is Thottichi. I have fallen in the whirl pool of the village stream. If you save me and worship me I will make your village prosperous.” The elderly man asked her, how this could be done. She told him, all that he needs to do was to go to the stream and call her by her name.
That elderly man took his younger brother and went immediately to the stream. They called “Thottichi, Thottichi,” The girl came out of the stream and immediately died. Both brothers became sad and cried. Then they heard a voice telling them, “Please give me a place in your village. I would take care of you.” The villagers buried her in the village border, kept a stone and a trident there. They started worshipping her as Thottichi Amman. From that time she looks after the village and made the village prosperous. No temple has been built and she sits on a mound. Near her temple there are temples for Ayyanar as well as Ammachi Amman.
Since she is at the entrance of the village, no body can come to the village or leave the village without saluting her. In the month of Karthigai (November-December) on the third Friday there is a Kalari festival in this temple. All villagers contribute money and buy three goats. They sacrifice the goats in the three temples at the same time. Later they bring water from the river, prepare Pongal and offer it to Thottichi Amman. This as well as the meat is equally divided among the families of the village. Thus ends the festival.
Thottichi Amman hears their woes and redresses them. Once a lad drank toddy and broke the bottle on her statue. He was dead before the next festival.
As soon as they make preparations for the festival, they tie mango leaves all round the village to indicate that people who are not clean should not come to the village. Also no outsider is allowed to stay in the village during this time and none of the villagers go out from their village also.
On all Fridays women assemble in large numbers at the temple. Since the Goddess was identified by a Dalit, his caste people only are priests at the temple.