Mappilai Veeran of Thagatoor
Thagatoor is a small village near Vedaranyam of Nagai district. . Mapilai veeran translated meant the Son in law hero. There is no statue for this god. There is only a stone which is worshipped. There is a story about it.
There was swamiji living in this village. He used to Worship a Kali Statue. He called her as Thirumeniamman. When he neared his death, he attained Samadhi opposite the statue of Thirumeniamman. There was none interested in her worship and large number of thieves started troubling the village. In Athiyangadu (neighboring village), there was big shiva temple. People thought that these thieves will steal all the ornaments of the God. So they bundled the ornaments and buried at the place where the Swamiji’s Samadhi was there. They also planted a neem tree over it. They called the neem tree endearingly as Mappilai Veeran. They had built a roof with dried pal leaves. One day this caught fire from the temple lamp. The tree was burnt but its remnants are still there near the temple. They decided to build a stone temple. When they dug there their equipment broke a stone and lot of blood came from there. They built a stone mandap without further digging. They installed a stone in the corner of the mandap. They inscribed the letter “om” on the stone .This stone is being worshipped as Mappilai Veeran till this day. They believe that Mappilai Veeran is guarding the statues and ornaments of the Shiva temple buried there.
In the month of Panguni (march-April) there is an 18 day festival in this temple. There is a Bhairava temple in Athiyangadu. The Chamiyadi from there comes to Mappilai Veeran temple and does Pooja and Abhishekam to Mappilai Veeran. Then he answers questions in his trance to all devotees.
People believe, if any of their body part is affected by making a toy of that part and offering it to Mappilai Veeran, their problem would be cured. The huge collection of toys in front of the temple proves how effective Mappilai Veeran is.