Adaikkalam Kathar of Gopala samudram
Uppoor Gopala Samudram is about 4 km from Muthu pettai of Thiruvarur district. There is big Muneeswaran statue in the village. He is the guardian God to Adaikkalam Kathar. Adaikkalam means surrender and also protection. This God is supposed to have protected a ship once upon a time. Once upon a time Gopala Samudhram was a sea shore village. Ships regularly used to pass near this village, when they are going from Colombo to Nagapattinam and back. Once a ship laden with goods was passing from Nagapattinam to Colombo. When it neared this village, the sea became tumultuous and the ship was in great danger. The ship owner prayed God and suddenly the ship stuck to some thing and stopped. The ship owner sent one sailor to investigate. To his surprise he found that the ship stopped because of a brick. He brought back the brick. Though surpised, the owner of the ship did not believe that the ship was stopped by a brick. He threw the brick back to see and told, “If this place has divine power, when I come back let there not be sea here.” To their surprise when the came back there was a small island there and the brick was on the top of the island. He immediately built a temple for the brick and called it “Adaikkalam kathar as it had given support to his ship. From that time the merchant started earning large money, as his business improved. He attributed it to Adaikkalam kathar so he built a better temple. He wanted to build statue of an elephant near the temple. The body was built first. But as soon they completed the head, the head fell down. They tried once more. Then also it fell down. Then the Chamiyadi told them that Adaikkalam kathar rides on a horse and not on an elephant. Not wanting to build the statue again, they made a horse face to the elephant body. This remains there up to date. There is no statue of Adaikkalam kathar in his temple. The original brick recovered from the sea is consecrated there. There is also a very majestic statue of Muneeswaran near the temple. He is supposed to be guardian to Adaikkalam kathar. People first worship Muneeswaran and then Adaikkalam kathar.
In the month of Vaikasi (April-may), there is a horse festival in this village. From Alangadu village which is about 2 km from this village horses (mud-painted) are brought in a procession with musical accompaniment. Adaikkalam Kathar is a vegetarian God. So there is no animal sacrifice for him. But they are sacrificed to Muneeswaran.
There is a curved road running from Muthupettai to Thiruthurai poondi in front of the temple. It seems no accidents take place there in spite of dangerous curves.