Koodamudayar of Kalayar kurichi
Kalayarkurichi is a village which is 20 km from Sivakasi of Virudhunagar district. The Arjuna River and Sarawathi River merge in to one near this village. These start from the Chaturagiri Mountain. There was a group of people who were rearing cattle on the Chaturagiri Mountain. Lord Shiva wanted to play with them. So he took the form of a calf and drank the milk of all cows. The people were wonderstruck. So they decided to watch as to what is happening. They saw this strange calf and started chasing it. Lord Shiva hid in a pot of cooked rice. He then asked Varuna to create huge rains and flood. This pot floated in the flood and reached the Arjuna river of Kalayar kurichi. There it broke. Lord Shiva hid himself inside the mud there. During those times there was a village called Kovil patti very near to this spot. Yadava people who look after cows were more in that village. Once one man was leading his cows by the spot where Shiva was buried. Lord Shiva knocked his leg and he fell down. When next day also the same thing happened, that man told his friend Muthukaruppan Chettiar about it. Both of them dug at the place. First milk came flowing and then blood. So they immediately closed the place with a basket. After some time when they tried to open it, they found that a Shiva lingam has grown inside the Basket. God entered Chettiar’s body and he told the villagers that that he is Koodalingam and should be worshipped. They went and told about this to the villagers of Kovil Patti. They did not believe Chettiar and his friend. Enraged by this Lord Shiva turned all the cows and calves of the village in to stone. The villagers rushed to the spot and asked pardon from the God. Then God again made the cows and calves normal. The people then built a temple for Lord Shiva and called him as Koodamudayan. Muthu karuppan Chettiyar and his descendents became the priests of this temple.
After some years another group of people of Kovilpatti started troubling the people who built the temple. They drove them out of the village and chased them. The Lord Shiva then made a path in the flooded river and these people reached the other shore. These people then built a temple for Koodamudayan at the spot where they reached the other shore of the river. Lord Shiva faces the east seeing the river. They also have an installed an Ayyanar along with Pushkala and poorna facing north. This Ayyanar is called Koodamudaya Ayyanar. Apart from this there are Verrabhadran, Chinnakaruppu, Periyakaruppu, Pechi, Rakachi, Ottai Karuppachami, Ladan, Sannasi, Kali, Durgai, Vettai aruppuchami and Agni Karuppuchami idols inside the temple.
Just at the entrance is the idol of Chethur Muthayya. He is the guardian God of this temple. There is an interesting story about him. This Muthayya was a Youngman living in Chethur a near by village. He fell in love with the queen of Chethur and kidnapped her. The king caught him, took him to Chaturagiri mountain and beheaded him. The ghost of Mutthayya used to daily take the queen at night and bring her back in the morning. The king announced a reward of 300 gold coins to the one who imprisons the ghost. Muthu karuppan Chettiyar who was the priest of Koodamudayar temple promised the ghost the last worship of the temple every day. Muthaya agreed and then became a part of the temple. The king gave 300 gold coins to the Chettiar and sent some six soldiers to kill Chettiyar and bring back the money. Chettiar who knew magic made five of them to keep on uprooting the grass and made one of them go and inform the king. The king came and begged the pardon of Chettiyar. From that time, the first worship in Koodamudayar temple on Shiva Rathri is in the name of Chethur king.
People believe that by praying this God all their requests would be fulfilled. The festival is three days during Shiva Rathri. Animal sacrifices are done to the Karuppus. There is also festival for two days during Adi Amavasya. Similarly there is a festival in Vaikasi Visakham, once in every three years, People of the village who has migrated to different parts of Tamil Nadu, come in bullock carts and stay near the temple for a week. It seems about 500 carts come every year.