Malai Karuppu Chami of Kattupalayam
Kattupalayam is a small village neighboring the forests of Andhiyoor of Erode District. Once upon a time lived a rich man in the village called Vellaya Gounder. Vellaya Gounder was very devoted and used to go daily in side the forest to do Yogic practices. One day while walking in the forests, He was suddenly arrested by a power. Some how he came back. But this kept on recurring. He thought that some powerful God was present at that spot. He told about this to other villagers. He took some mud from that spot and made a statue of Karuppu and started worshipping it. He started being at that spot without food and sleep. He used to clear the doubts of villagers when they went to the forest. Later he died at hat spot. People buried him and built his mud statue, called it as “Thavasiyappan” and started worshipping that God also. When this was going on, some villagers told that Muni was present in another spot at the forest. They also built a statue for Muniyappan.
The local villagers believed that Thavasiappan and other Gods are doing meditation. So no bell or other sound is made any where near the temple. In Thavasiyappan’s temple, there is a stone called Annaparai. The priests of the temple go to the forests nearby, bring some herbs, grind it on Annaparai and extract its juice. This juice is distributed as medicine on all Tuesdays and Fridays. People believe that this medicine can cure all diseases especially the diseases of women. There is a huge rush in the temple on these days.
People also bring copper and tin plates and give it to the priest of Thavasiappan Temple. The priest puts it behind the idol and returns back a piece to hem after five weeks. People wear this plate as a Talisman.
People affected by spirits are also brought to this temple. After they live here for some time they are also cured.
Though the three temples are not at the same place people of the village believe that they are the same God. On the Tuesday of third week of Chithirai month (April-May). Pongal is offered to Thavasiyappan. And a big worship is done throughout night. Next day animals are sacrificed to Malai Karuppu Chami, which is followed by a great feast during these worships Bells are rung and drums are played.