Theepayntha Nachiyar of Bhoothangudi
Bhoothangudi is a small village near Vadalur of Cudalore district. This is mainly populated by a caste known as Chethiyar. They were soldiers of Chozha kingdom. Usually during peace, they cultivate the land and hunt animals in the forest. Once when several Chethiyars went hunting, they saw a girl weeping in the forest. One of the Chethiyars brought her back. Attracted by her the entire village considered her as their daughter. When she was about eleven, her foster father died and was cremated. This girl also wanted to be cremated in a separate pyre along with him. Though people refused, they agreed as she was insisting on it. That girl coconut tied Thali Lime fruit and betel leaf which are holy things in her cloth while jumping on the fire. She also told the villagers that she would take care of the villagers. After her live cremation, the people were surprised to find that all the holy things she carried to the pyre were fresh and not burnt. So they understood that she was a goddess . Chethiyars consider her as their clan Goddess and she continuously protects them. There is a rare tree called Yer Azhinji near her temple. People wanting babies will tie a cradle on the tree, put a baby toy in it and rock the cradle. Once they get the child they offer the child’s first hair to the Goddess. People consider as incarnation of Goddess Sita. In her temple God Chakra(Holy wheel of Vishnu), Lord Ayyappan, Nava Grahas surrounding the slippers of Lord Rama are also there.
The poovaraga Swamy of Sri Mushnam comes and stays at this temple during Masi Magam while going to the beach for sea bath. During Nava Rathri and all Fridays in the month of Adi there are special worships in this temple.
Since this temple is by the side of the high way all drivers do not forget to salute this goddess while traveling.. New vehicles are also brought here for special worship.