Changili karuppar of Kizha vayal
Kizha vayal is a village in near Singanam puri of Shiva Ganga district. There is a prosperous village called Natha Kalai pattinam near Kizha vayal. Once upon a time, people were very prosperous there. Knowing this some magicians started to trouble them. There is an Oli Vidai ayyanar temple in this village, People went and appealed to Ayyanar. But the magicians started troubling him also. So ayyanar went his sister Meenakshi in Madhurai. She said she has a big army of 121 persons. She asked him to take whomsoever he likes. By examining them he liked Changili Karuppan. And took him with him. As soon as Changili Karuppan reached the village he took a very gigantic form and by a stare made all magicians in to stone. When Karuppan asked for compensation, Ayyanar told him that the first worship in these villages would be for Changili Karuppan. He is now the God for ten villages around Kizha vayal. Initially he was I n a paai tree there but later people wanted to build a temple for him. Then the Chamiyadi of Karuppar told them. “I want the sun light to fall on my face and the rain water to fall on my back”. The temple was built fulfilling this condition. Except for the weapons of the God and the bells that have been offered by devotees, there is nothing else in the temple. The large number of bells is proof enough that Changili Karuppan is a powerful God.
It seems a few years back a thief came to steal the bells from the temple. Changili Karuppan in the form of a boy went and told about this to an elder in the village. The villagers immediately caught the thief. Since then there is no theft in the temple.
It seems water was a problem in this temple. Digging of bore well was costly as even at thousand feet depth water was not available. Changili Karuppan appeared in the dream of his devotee and pointed out the place water is available. They got plenty of water there even at 150 feet.
Around once in ten years a festival is celebrated to Changili Karuppan, if he agrees. The elders assemble near his temple and ask his opinion. If he is willing a lizard will make sound from his knife planted there. Three months before the festival the men of the village observe severe [penances. They do not go out of the village at night; do not take food in outsider’s house and so on. About 1000 goats are sacrificed during the festival. Women do not go any where near the temple at any time.