Aindu oor Nalla Thangal
This temple is situated in the Kodikkulam village (27 kms from Madhurai in Madhurai-Usilampatti road) which is the mother village of Vadukapatti, Udankattupatti, Piraviyanpaati and Akhilandapuram. Aindu oor Nalla Thangal (Good Thangal of five villages) is the presiding deity here.
It seems once upon a time there was severe faming in these villages. Many people went out in search of jobs. One of them was Padivu thevan. He went to Vathiraypuu where Nalla Thangal committed suicide after throwing all her children in the well. There was a small temple for her in that village. But it was not being looked after in a proper manner. He joined as a cowherd with a rich man in that village. Once when was in the forest looking after the cows, one small girl crept in to his basket and slept there When he returned home , Padivu thevan was perplexed and put the child outside on his way back. Next day two cows in his herd vanished. When he told to his employer he got wild and beat him with a stick. Without food and with pain, Padivu thevan slept in the courtyard, and then he again saw the child. The child came and sat on his lap and told him, “Brother, I am Nalla Thangal. I do not like to stay in this village Please take me to your village.” Padivu thevan did not believe this. Then the child again told, “I have hidden your cow in the waters of the pond” and then brought both cows alive. Understanding her power, Padivu thevan put her in his basket and traveled to his village Kodikkulam. As son as they reached the border, the child told, “Brother, you place me here itself. I would then go to my brother Raman in the village and ask him for a place to me.” Then the child went to the Vishnu Temple in the village. Lord Vishnu appeared before her and showed her a place and asked her to sit there. Padivu thevan consecrated here in the place shown by God Vishnu. That time Pirava thevan he younger brother of Padivu thevan quarreled with him and told, “I do not believe she is a Goddess and I do not want her to be here.” Padivu thevan consulted the Goddess /. She told him to bring him seven unburnt pots , put in it the unhusked paddy from the fields and hear with lighted Banana stems. The Banana stem burnt like dried wood and the paddy he put in the pot became milk mixed rice. Pirava thevan feel at the feel of Nalla Thangal and both of them together built a temple for her. They also consecrated Ayyan, Mayan, Arasamagan, Aruthakulalan, Aandi, Agni veeran and Karuppan in the same temple. The family members of Padivu Thevan are till this day priests at this temple. The family members of Pirava Thevan are the assistant priests. The only festival celebrated in Shiva Rathri. The ornaments of Nalla Thangal are kept in a box in the priest’s home. On the evening of Shiva Rathri these are brought to the temple with musical accompaniments. Along with them 21 gods and their Chamiyadis also come. The Chamiyadi of Mayan wears a slipper of nails and answers questions of people. The Veerabhadran Chamiyadi shows light to this Chamiyadi. Behind them comes the Chamiyadi of Nalla Thangal. Next day Pongal is offered to gods and goat sacrificed to Karuppan.
Nalla Thangal drives evil spirits from affected people. People requiring babies appeal to Mayandi Chami.