Thavasi Aandi of Melaurappanur
This village is near Thirumangalam of Madhurai district. Thavasi Aandi which was once upon a time worshipped by a higher caster is now being worshipped by the Dalits of the village, there is no temple but a decorated platform on which there is a stone, and People believe that Thavasi Aandi is a very powerful God. Nothing is known as to how he came o this village and why the temple priest as well as Chamiyadi is Dalit. People believe that every year they are able to harvest a good crop because of Thavasi Aandi. So once the harvest is over a certain portion of the harvested produce is marked to belong to Thavasi Aandi. The person who gives the grain as well as its quantity is clearly recorded.
On the third Friday of Karthigai (November-December), the festival for Thavasi Aandi is celebrated. All the grain marked o him by different people are sold and banana fruits are brought for that amount. Normally more than 50 thousand Banana fruits are brought. On the day of the festival both the priest and Chamiyadi do not take any food and observe strict penance. Two she buffalos are tied since morning without milking. The priest throws some sacred ash at its udder and it seems its calf will not go any where near it.
The ornaments of Thavasi Aandi kept in a house in a box are ceremonially brought to the temple. The box is taken to every house and worship is offered there. Til the boundary of the village women accompany the box. Since ladies are not supposed to visit this temple, they go back to their homes. After midnight the buffaloes are milked and mixing few fruits Abhisheka is performed to the God.
Later all the male villagers assemble before the temple and pray, “Rain and water should come. We should be able to get a good harvest. Please protect us. Please give a good sign.” After some time they hear the clear sound of a lizard from the near by banyan tree. Till they get this sign, they keep on waiting. If the sign is delayed people believe, it as a result of wrong dong by the village. All of them pray and fall at the feet of the Chamiyadi. Under no circumstance the people of the village return to the village without hearing the sign it seems in one year they got the sign only after two days.
Similarly individual people ask for this sign before taking important decisions in the family.
The Banana is then divided among the families living in the village according to the contribution they have made.