Thursday, May 6, 2010

Idamalai Mahalinga Maya Karuppu of Vatthalakundu

Idamalai Mahalinga Maya Karuppu of Vatthalakundu

By

P.R.Ramachander

Vathalakundu is a small town in Dindukkal district. This temple is situated there. But this Maya Karuppu originally came from a tribal village called Ettur kotta kudi of Theni district. Though the people worshipped this god there, they did not do it properly. So Maya Karuppu started troubling them. So they made a basket with cane and put Maya Karuppu and his 21 assistant Gods including Chinna Karuppu, Munnodi Karuppu, Kazhu udayan, Kanavay Karuppu, Alathikkari etc and floated the basket in the river. When it reached Kattakaman Patti, it was seen by a Brahmin, who took it home. That night, he heard jingling sound of anklets and Maya Karuppu told him that they were Gods who drink blood of Animals and so he should be restored to the mountain. Next day the Brahmin took Karuppu and placed him in a mountain near the river. He gave all the assistant Gods to along with the cane box to the Back ward caste people of old Vattalakundu. Since the Maya Karuppu chose the mountain, he was called Idamalai Mahalinga Maya Karuppu. On the mountain there is only a wall which is worshipped as Maya Karuppu. However they have drawn a picture of the Karuppu. The assistant Gods
Also have small walls by his side. Only Chinna Karuppar has a statue.
The Kalari festival being held in the month of July-august is the most important festival for Idamalai Karuppu. In the first Friday of Adi month, all the villagers assemble before Idamalai Karuppu temple and ask his permission to conduct the festival. If the lizard from left side of the temple makes sound then, that year no festival is held. But if the lizard on the right side makes sound, immediate preparations for a great festival are started. Next Friday the entire village and all the houses in it are cleaned up and offer Pongal to the God in a new pot. That evening 21 Chamiyadis representing all the Gods who came floating in the box, go to the river where this box was found. Before them all the prayer needs like bells pots etc are taken out from the village house where they are kept and carried on head. After the bells pots etc are washed the concerned God enters the 21 Chamiyadis. People fall at their feet and ask questions. All questions are answered. After keeping the bell and other things in the temple that days festival comes to an end. On the next Friday around 5 in the evening , all the statues are taken out , anointed with oil and then worshipped. After the worship, the statues are again kept in the box and then the box locked. That night again the 21 chamiyadis are called. Only the Chamiyadi of Chinna karuppu stands on a five feet long sickle held by four or five people . Then all of them start towards ida malai. As soon as they reach ida malai, pongal is prepared in three pots. ,Later they call Maya Karuppu and ask him different questions. At some Maya Karuppu tells the people that he is hungry. The sacrifice of goats starts then. The blood of all these goats is drunk by the Chamiyadi of Maya Karuppu. At the dawn when this procedure is over Maya Karuppu tells them that he will take care of their interests. Afterwards there would be a great feast using the meat of the goats sacrificed.
One prayer at this temple is to pat rupees twenty one and ask Maya Karuppu to take revenge on a particular person. People also pray for children and curing of diseases.