Gowri vallavar of Padamathur
There was a small country called Sethu seemai in the present Ramanathapuram district. This was ruled by two brothers called Udaya natha thevar and Gowri vallavar about 200 years back, the white men of east India Company were troubling them often. Once from Madhurai their army was marching towards Sethu Seemai. There was a war between he brothers and white men in Kannambur. The brothers won. After this these kings stayed there it self along with the queens. They spent the time by hunting in the nearby forest. This place was called Padamathur. The brothers liked this place and often came to Padamathur. Unfortunately Gowri vallavar fell in love and maintained her in Kannambur itself. The local people did not like this. So they decided to kill Gowri vallvar. But after great fight, Gowri vallavar escaped and started riding towards Padamathur. But his horse was killed on the way by the spears tied on palms. Belittled Gowri vallavar killed himself with a spear. At that time his lover came there. Seeing her crying and thinking about her future, Gowri vallavar killed her with the same spear. His Charioteer was Azhagappan who belonged to the Dalit caste. He also committed suicide. His brother his wife and his sister also committed suicide at the same spot.
Due to this all the people of Sethu Seemai were sad. Gowri Vallavar appeared in the dream of one of the elders and told him, “I have not gone any where. Please build a temple for me at the spot where I died. I would look after all of you and cure your diseases.” In another man’s dream Veer Kali appeared and requested him to build a horse for her. Immediately the people of Padamathur built a temple for Gowri vallvar. People believed that his lover has taken the form of Veera kali and accommodated her also in the temple. They built a huge horse of thirty feet height before the temple. Facing east on a horse along wit a turban sits Gowri Vallavar. BY his side is his loved in the form of being killed by a spear. Outside the sanctum, there is a mound. People call it as Kottai Nachiyar, the wife f Gowri Vallavar. In between the gigantic horse is the statue of Veera kali. Out side the temple there is statue for Azhagappan, There is also a statue for Pathinettam Kruppan in this temple. Azhagappan is considered as trusted assistant to Gowri Vallavan and the front god to him. Before asking anything to main God, Azhagappan should be consulted first
For the royal family here Gowri vallavar was born, their family deity is Gowri Vallavar. They first come and ask Azhagappan when they should meet vallavar and on that day ask Vallavar when their problems would be solved. There are two medicinal trees in the temple compound. They are Malai Vembu and Vilwam. When a sick person comes to the temple, the priest finds out the proper medicines by chits and gives the leaf from the concerned tree. On Fridays and Tuesdays, there is a huge rush to the temple
On the 18th day of Adi (July-August) there is a festival for Vallavar. Cocks are sacrificed after burning them to Azhagappan. Sheep are also sacrificed. The festival continues for another 7 days.