Chellandi Amman of Madhukarai
Mayanur is village 20 km from Trichy in the Trichy –Karur road. Madukkarai is the adjoining village. In the ancient times, when Tamil Nadu was being ruled by Cheras, Chozhas and Pandiyas, they were always waging war with each other. As a result people of Tamil Nadu suffered. So the smaller kings under them met a sage and wanted a solution. He advised them to approach Goddess Parvathi. He told them that the Goddess was doing Thapas near a mountain north of Karur, after lot of efforts and difficulties; they were able to see the Goddess. She said that she would visit Mayanur and talk to the three great kings. She appeared in Mayanur as a tribal girl. . Chera, Chozha and Pandya kings came to Mayanur to talk with her. She talked with them and told them that the east of Mayanur is chozha nadu (country), west Chera nadu and south Pandya nadu. The three kings agreed to this. When she was about to go away the kings realized that she was Goddess Parvathi herself. They all fell at her feet and requested her to be forever with them. She agreed and decided to stay in Madhukkarai They started calling her Chellandi Amman All the three kings together looked after the temple. Once there was a famine in Chozha Nadu. The king came to Madhukarai and requested to help him. She then told him that from then onwards she would see Chozha nadu and started looking towards the east. The problems of Chozha nadu were solved.
With a coconut garden in the south, Cauvery River in the north and looking at the north eastern direction, Chellandi Amman sits on a lion. There will always be water in the Cauvery which Chellandi Amman sees. So for all holy deeds of the temple water is taken from here. There was a king called Aariya Raja in Madhurai. It seems once he took water from this river for anointing Meenakshi Amman of Madhurai. It seems he built a road from here to Madhurai.
On the left side of Chellandi Amman, there are statues for Aariya Raja and his wife Chandanathammal. Near by there is an idol of Pechiyamman.
It seems there was a small kingdom within a Chozha Nadu .He was a tyrant and was troubling people. It seems his people came and complained to Chellandi Amman. Pechiyamman went from there killed the king as well as his son.
Apart from this there are idols of Madhurai Veeran and Kathavarayan in the temple. Out side the temple (east side) Chandana Karuppar riding a horse is protecting this temple. From this side there are eighteen steps leading to the river. On the left side of these steps there is a statue of Shiva below a banyan tree. People believe that by praying to Lord Shiva, women can be blessed with children.
It seems after a long time after establishment of the above temple, The Chera, Chozha and Pandya kings again wanted that the Chellandiamman temple should be in their kingdom. The Goddess cut herself in to three pieces and sent each piece to one country. In Urayur, only the leg (without body) is consecrated. In Simmakkal her head is consecrated and in Noyyal near Karur her torso is consecrated.