Anai Malai Masani Amman temple
This temple is situated 14 km from Pollachi and 60 km from Coimbatore. Unlike other Goddesses , this Goddess is seen in the lying position position that too in the burial ground. Burial ground in Tamil is called “Mayanam” and possibly she might have been initially called “Mayana Sayani”. She is seen with four hands , two of them are seen as raides up and two are lkept close to the earth. Her devotees believe that she can solve all their problems. They write their problem in a paper in a slip of paper and give it to her priest. They believe that within three weeks their problem would be completely solved.
If her devotees are troiuble by evil spirits or if they suffer heavy losses in business they approach the Goddess , appeal to the justice stone in front of her and grind chillies in the pestle and mortar and apply it on her “Justice stone.” They believe that by doing this their problems would be solved quickly. There are two entirely different stories about her origin.
1.It seems that there was a king called Nannan who was ruling that forest area. It seems in his garden, on the banks of The Aazhi river, there was a mango tree. He had a law that no part of trhis mango tree including its fruits should be used by any one.. Once few ladies were taking bath in the Aazhi river and one of them gathered a floating mango fruit which had fallen from this tree . As soon the king heard this the king passed a death sentence on that girl. Though her father promised that he will give gold equal to her weight and 81 elephants, that girl was put to death. .Then she was buried in a burial ground on the banks of Aazhi river. People later started seeing her movements in the burial ground and started worshipping her and she was addressed by them as “Mayana Sayani” , It seems one of her lady friends killed king Nannan.
2.Another story has relation to the story of Rama. It seems when sage Viswamithra took waway Ramand Lakshmana to kill Thadaka and protect his fire sacrifice, Goddess Parvathi appeared before Rama and gave him his statue . She it seems told Rama that if he worships her in the form on an idol, she will ensure his victory. After Rama killed Thadaga , it seems he consecrated the idol of the Parvathi in the forest itself so that the world would be benefitted. It is also believed that Masani Ammam blessed Rama and gave him victory over Ravana.
The temple is open for worship from 6 Am to 8 Pm. Special worship is done on all tuedays and Fridays , on Karthika days as well as on Full moon days. There is a 19 day long festival starting from the full moon day of Thai month( January-February.) on the sixteenth day there is a chariot festival as well walking on the fire pit by her devotees.. Adi Pooram , Tamil New year day and Navarathri atr also celebrated in the twmple. This temple also maintains its own web site