Thuravu Mel Azhagar of Chaluppai
Meenchuruti is a village in Perambalur district which is 37 km from Kumbakonam. Six km from here is Chaluppai village. Thuravu in the local dialect indicates well and Thuravu Mel Azhagar would mean, “Pretty man on the top of the well.” One thousand years back, there was a Brahmin locality in this place. There was a well attached to this locality. The Brahmin women used to collect water from this well. Once a sage came to this village and started doing meditation sitting on the top of the well. Without knowing this two ladies drew water from the well. Some water fell on the sage. He cursed them to become formless and he himself became formless.
The villagers of Chaluppai started worshipping this sage as Thuravu Mel Azhagar.. They closed the well and on it established the sanctum for this God .Since he does not have a form, they have a kept stone to represent him and this stone is worshipped. Since all the symbols of Lord Shiva are there in this temple, Azhagar is worshipped as Lord Shiva. Her also they have consecrated a Nandi (bull) statue slightly away from the temple. Since Azhagar is powerful, even Nandi is not kept directly in front of him. Both sides of the Azhagar temples have Lord Ganesa’s temple. One Ganesa is in the form in which he gave protection to a Rakshasa woman.
Over time the Brahmin locality got destroyed. So the Statues of Lord Vishnu’s temple in the locality has been shifted to Azhagar’s temple.
Since the meditation of Azhagar was disturbed by women, young women do not come to this temple. Children and old women visit it however. Sixty feet from Azhagar’s temple there is a small structure. Unmarried girl’s can come only up to this point. Near this hall there is a temple of Veera Bhadra Swamy. He offers protection to Azhagar. Lot of tridents are planted in the soil near this temple. People write their wants and complaints and give it to the priest of this temple. The priest hangs these papers on the tridents. VeeraBhadra Swami appears in the dream of people against whim the complaint is lodged in the form of a horse or elephant. Next day these people come terrified to the temple and rectify the injustices done by them.
Next to this God there is a Madhurai Veeran Statue and also that of Vada Bhadra Selva Maakali. She has eight hands and people believe that she cures all diseases of women. Near to her there is a Veerali tree and people believe that pathinettanpadi Karuppan is on this tree. Animals are sacrificed to Madhurai veeran and Pathinettam padi karuppu.
For Azhagar there are no big festivals. On Thai poosam day , they light a lamp take it in a grand procession and they do worship and Abhisheka for Azhagar before lighting the lamp keep it in the four pillared hall.
No houses are built near the temple . This is so because people do not want to disturb the meditation of Azhagar.