Oor Kattu Chudalai Madan of Uppanimuthur
This God is in the Uppanimuthur village which is 9 km from Cheranmahadevi. This village once upon a time was a part of OOrkattu Jamin.
This Chudalai Madan came to this village from Kerala. It seems during those days there were very powerful magicians in Kerala who could even a tie up a God. Chudalai Madan was protecting the people of Kerala during that time. So the magicians try to tie him up. The people, who were benefited by Chudalai Madan, put him in a Palm leaf box and floated in the river. This box reached via Thamrabarni River, the OOrkattu Jamin. Some people saw it in Uppanimuthur. They opened the box and saw a seven feet statue, with Moustache and hair made up in the Kerala Style. The God then spoke to them and requested them to consecrate him near the river and promised to take care of them. Since the place belonged to oor Kattu Jamin, they consecrated the statue below a banyan tree and started calling him , Oor Kattu Chudalai Madan. That God besides taking care of the people of the Jamin also took care of the people of Kerala. So the magicians started searching for him. One of them located Chudalai Madan and started methods to destroy him. He put tainted cloths at the gate of the temple so that Chudalai can be immobilized. But Chudalai Madan took the form of a lizard and escaped through the window. The magician located him and cut him with a sword. The Lizard lost its tail. By this time the villagers caught the magician tied him to a tree and burnt him alive. When they examined the statue of Chudalai a part of his hand was cut. When they were thinking of replacing the disfigured statue, Chudalai Madan told them not to do it and they obeyed . But one man from a rich family got a new statue made and threw the old statue in the river. This infuriated the God and he started causing bodily harm to the villagers. Some people also became mad. The villagers went to the temple begged for the pardon of Chudalai Madan and a gain consecrated the old statue. All the people of the family which threw his statue in the river were later destroyed. Apart from Chudalai , his temple contains Pechiyamman, MUnda madan and Munda Madathi.
In one of the months of Chithirai, Vaikasi, Avani, there is a festival of Kodai Vettu to Chudalai Madan. The Maruladis accompanied by drums and pipe music go to the river , where Chudalai Madan was found as they believe he is still alive there. They offer Pongal and sacrifice a goat. Then they return to the temple. There is lot of joyous celebration at that time., Then the Maruladis go to the cremation ground(Chudalai means cremation ground) and bring a few human bones. They again offer Pongal in front of the temple. Then a peculiar ritual takes place. Black goats are tied and mounted on posts like a spread eagle. Then the Maruladis split open their chests and fill it with Banana fruits. Then they eat those fruits mixed in the blood of the goats. This goes on till all the blood of the goat is exhausted. This is called “Uruvam Chappiduthal(Eating of the form)” Next day there is worship and anointing of the God. That night the festival ends with a common feast.
Chudalai Madan’s temple is far away from the village. Inside the village there is a temple of Uchimahakali Amman. During the festival at his temple a Mud statue of Chudalai Madan is made and consecrated every year. .Once the festival is over, the statue is floated in the river.