Pachai malyaan of Kappathampatti
Kappathampatti is a small village near Jalagandapuram of the Salem district. The village has arid land. Once upon a time a great water shortage came to this village. Some villagers thought that then can to Pachai malai (literally Green Mountain which is 80 km from the village). Four people belonging to one clan went there and reached the top of the mountain. There in a thatched hut, water was kept for the god in three new mud pots, since they were thirsty they drank al the water. Immediately they lost their eye sight. The tribals who had gone back to their village came after three days. Their priest gave sacred ash of their God to the villagers who had lost their sight. They immediately regained their sight. The villagers realizing the power of their God begged them to give their God to them. The tribal priest gave them a stone from in side their temple. The villagers of Kappathampatti brought the stone and consecrated it in their village. They called that Go as Pachai malayaan. After the coming of the new God village became rich. They got regular rains. Even today only a few stones are shown as Pachai Malayaan. Round him there are other Gods viz seven maids, Sannsi , Veerakaaran, Naadar , Vedar , Chinnannan(holding a bow and arrow) , periyannan holding a spear. Chinnannan and Periyannan are represented by two statues riding on horses. Except for them all others are represented by stones only. Initially this temple was in the open ground. Later the villagers constructed a stage and shifted the gods there. It seems they forgot to shift two gods from the ground. These Gods appeared in their dreams. But by that time they were not able identify the stones representing them. So they put all the stones round there on to the stage.
Pachai Malayaan is a vegetarian God. So in the month of Vaikasi(may-June), a festival called Pachai Malayaan thava thiru Vizha is celebrated in the village for him and other Gods. The festival is only for a day . Around May first all members of the village assemble at the temple and ask the God , permission to celebrate the festival. If the sound of Lizard comes from a Banyan tree to the north of the temple , then the festival would be celebrated.. If the sound comes from the Azhinjil tree to the south of the temple, they assume that God does not want the festival.
The arms and bells of Pachai malayaan are kept in a temple house in the village. Once the festival date is fixed the first thing to be done is to get new pots made. The potters observe lot of penance and a disciplined life for making these pots. Pongal is prepared in at least 1000 pots on the festival day. The rice has to be pounded only in the temple house. So the ladies of the village come t the temple house, pound the rice , tie it in a bag over whichthey write their names. Around 3 Am on the festival day, his arms and bells are transported to the temple. Over the temple they make a shed with green palm leaves. First in a big pot Pongal is prepared to the seven maids Later it is prepared for Pachai Malayaan. The people go and bring the Chamiyadi of Pachai malayaan from about 300 meters distance along with music. He goes in to a trance and predicts the future. Every year he answers questions of only very few people.
Later Goats are sacrificed to Chinannan and Periyannan. And their grand father Pattappan. They then start for pig hunt. The pigs are which are offered by the devotes are let lose and are killed
Later they keep three pots full of water in the temple. Thus ends their festival.