Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Periya Kandi Amman of Veerapur

Periya Kandi Amman of Veerapur

By

P.R.Ramachander

Veerapur is 14 km from Manapparai of Trichy district. There is a strange intricate tale about the Goddess Periya Kandi Amman who has a temple here.
It seems once upon a time a five headed serpent did intense Thapas so that, the Goddess Parvathi would be born to him, The Goddess was born but she was born s a eunuch, She did intense prayers to Lord Shiva, to get rid of this problem and asked her to do intense penance on a needle tip. He told her that after some time, two brothers will fight and die here and their sister Arukkani would cure the problem of Periya Kandi Amman. He also sent six maids (Kannimar) to help her. When she started the penance it disturbed a sage called Veeramha muni. The sage understood that Periya Kandi Amman was Goddess Parvathi herself. So he came to the place where she was doing penance and became her guard.
That are called Ponni Vala Nadu during those times. Two brothers called Ponnar and Shankar ruled over the place. Another king called Thalayur kali became very jealous of these brothers. He knew the only way to win them is to make them fight with each other. He sent his Goldsmith with a gold plated measure to the palace of Ponnar in the evening. The gold smith said that measure was to be used to measure pearls to the chozha king. Since it was evening he requested the king to carefully keep the measure. He agreed and kept in his pooja room. De to the heat of the lamp all the gold melted and only a wooden measure was found the next day. When the king said that it was the measure given by gold smith, he asked to take bath in Vellangulam and take an oath before Ganesa there. He agreed. He entrusted the security of the place to Shankar. He requested sons of his aunt to guard the gate and asked his commander Sambuga to guard the town from outside.
As soon as he left the place Thalayaur Kali attacked with a huge army. Sambuga with twelve men killed all of them. Then Thalayur Kali retreated and came with much bigger force. This time the three sons of the king killed them all. Thalayur Kali went back and came with another huge army. Shankar drove them but was killed by Maya Kannan (Lord Krishna) who had come in the form of an enemy soldier. He told Shankar that, the life span allotted to him and brother was over and he was calling them back
Mean while Ponnar get in to the pond to take bath. The Gold smith tried to kill him by throwing a big stone. Ponnar got out of the pond and killed the Gold smith, He returned back to see his dead brother. Then Maya Kannan appeared before him and told the purpose of his birth and also informed him that his time was over. So Ponnar took his own sword and cut off his own head, His sister then came to the battle field crying, Kandi Amman heard this and sent her six maids to console her. The maids made her as one of them and then became seven maids. She then went to see Kandi Amman. As soon as Kandi Amman met her she became a full female. Then Kandi Amman went to the battle field with this lady and gave new life to Ponnar and Shankar. Then they told, that their time in the earth was over and they wanted to go back to heave. They also told their sister that Periya Kandi Amman and her maids will look after her.
When Periya Kandi Amman was doing penance, she met a man called Veera Sangan Poosari whose job was extracting honey from wild honey combs. He said to her “we do not keep up cleanliness and how can I offer you any thing.” She it seems promised him that coming from him, she will accept any thing. Afterwards, that Poosari made a temple with green palm leaves and consecrated her on the hill top. Since it became difficult for him to walk that much distance, he brought Periya Kandi Amman and her maids to the plains and consecrated them in Veerapur. Since Kandi Amman is a strict vegetarian her temple is separate, half a km from there is another temple in which Ponnar, Shankar, Their sister (Thangal) and the six maids of Amman facing north. In another temple Karuppannachami is consecrated, with his temple facing east. There are also temple without roof or walls to Mahamuni and Veeram aha muni, who are both guardian Gods.
In the month of Masi there is a ten day festival To Periya Kandi Amman. The people of the clan of Ponnar and Shankar have taken one fist of mud from their temple and have established their temple in many places.
Since Periya Kandi Amman fulfills all the prayers of her devotees, there is huge rush in her temple on all days.