Angala Parameshwari of Yenadhi chenkottai
Yenadhi chenkottai is a village which is 12 km from Manamadhurai of Shiva gangai district. . Angala Parameshwari presides over this village with 21 assistant gods and 61 other Gods.
It seems once upon a time a hunter from Benares undertook a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram. He brought with him the idol of Angala Parameshwari which he was worshipping. On the day he reached the forest near Yenadhi chengottai, he took out the Goddess, kept her below a tree and offered her fruits. The Goddess some how loved the spot and told the hunter that she wants to stay there and asked him to proceed on his pilgrimage. He obeyed her. But somehow he never came back. Over years the idol of Angala Parameshwari was covered with lot of soil and there was only a mound seen over her idol.
A lady belonging to Yadava caste, from a village nearby called Maravanendal used to supply milk to Yenadhi chenkottai village. One day she slipped and fell near this mound along with her milk. This started happening daily. At this time one Brahmin belonging to Benares, who had a dumb daughter came on pilgrimage to Rameshwaram. He was assured that some thing strange will happen and his daughter will regain speech. When they were relaxing near the mound, the Yadava lady fell with her milk. The Brahmin’s daughter cried, “Oh she fell with the milk.” Then he told the villagers that there is some Godly presence there. They dug the earth and found out the idol of Angala Parameshwari. The Brahmin got the idol placed below a Vanni tree in Yenadhi chenkottai. He then went and met the king Bhaskara Sethupathi of Ramanatha puram. The king did not have children. His queen was suffering from intense stomach pain also. The king said that if Goddess helps him by curing his wife and blessing them with a child, he would definitely build a temple for the Goddess. Goddess did that but the king forgot his promise. One day while the king was passing near Yenadhi chenkottai, his horse fell down. The king asked help from the watch man of the Angala Parameshwari idol. The watch man simply took some ash from near the idol and put it on the horse. The horse was immediately cured. The king then remembered his promise and built a big temple for the Goddess. He also built small temples for 21 assistant gods like Patala Rakku, Muthu Rakkachi, Bhadra Kali, Chandana Karuppu, Muthu irulayi and the 61 soldiers of the Goddess. About 12 years back, this temple was renovated by the villagers. They built three sanctums by consecrating Angala Parameshwari, Chandana Karuppu and Muthu irulayi and consecrated their helpers around them.
The worship for Angala Parameshwari is vegetarian. But animals are sacrificed and offered to other Gods.
The annual festrival of this temple starts two days before Sivarathri and continues for eight days. On Sivarathri day Angala Parameshwari goes to Pari Vettai (moving around) and goes to the place where she was originally recovered and then comes back. She is offered the nine different grains that day. Next day she is offered Pongal. Other Gods are offered Animal sacrifice.
To the Bhadra Kali who is an assistant Goddess to Chandana Karuppu, a pregnant goat is sacrificed once in three years.
Angala Parameshwari has large number of devotees. Some of them are settled abroad. When Vaigai River is in flood, it seems water surrounds the temple also. Then people tie turmeric in a yellow thread and put it on the neck of the Goddess. Some time later this thread is put in a pot and left in the river. It seems as soon as this is done the flood water recedes very fast.