Ariyakurichi Vettudayaar Kali Amman
Ariyakurichi is a small village which is about 15 km from Sivaganga town on the road to Thondi . There was a temple of Ayyanar deep in forest with path covered by stones and thorns, This temple was looked after and worshipped by two brothers Kari Velaar and Karuppa velar. Kari Velar went to Kerala learnt magic and Manthra Sasthra came back and went inside the thorny forest, cut the idol of Ayyanar from the ground and brought is outside in the Ariyakurichi village. When he was consecrating the idol of Ayyanar,. Kari Velar saw the magical Words written on the ground and realized that the place where they are consecrating the idol had been chosen by Kali to do her penance. And so he consecrated a Kali idol also in the temple. Since the Ayyanar was cut from his place , he was called Vettudayar(one who has a cut) and the kali in the temple also was referred to as Vettudayar Kali . Over time the importance and power of Kali grew many folds and the temple now is referred to as Vettudayar Kali temple.
There is a epic story behind Kali. It seems once goddess Parvathi playfully shut the eyes of Lord Shiva. Because of that darkness spread all over the world and Parvathi also became jet black. This form of Parvathi is called Kali. For getting rid of the sin of making the world dark for a moment Kali had to do penance in our world. At that time she killed Chandasura who was giving lot of trouble to Devas and also men. Then Devas requested Kali to kill Chandasura. The place where they requested came to be known as Deva Kottai. . The place where Kali came before them and consented to help them was Called Kandadevi. The place where Kali fought with Chandasura and destroyed his flag as well as Charriot was later called as Kodikulam. The place she won over him was called as Vethiyur and later named as Thiruvethiyur.. The place where the grateful devas worshipped Kali with flowers was known as Poongudi. Then Kali started penance towards Lord Shiva so that her black colour would go away and the unintentional error that she committed is pardoned in Ariyaa kurichi( Ariyaa-means without knowing) Kali is seen sitting there , with her right leg folded and left leg hanging, with eight hands in which she holds various weapons , as if she is doing penance. Ayyanar on the other hand is sitting with his right leg folded and folding his left leg, With a flame as his cap , wearing Dhothi in the Pancha Kacha style and tying the Yogic cloth on his waist along with Poorna and Pushkala. Opposite to the Kali temples , the idols of Hanuman, Meenakshi Sundareswara, Cholaimaali, Vishnu Karuppachami , Veerappachami . Muniyappa Chami , Pechiamman , Solattukali and Bhairava are consecrated. Among them the solattu kali attracts us more. Opposite to the Ayyanar statue There is his elephant steed. In this temple daily early morning the sun’s rays falls on Ayyanar in the morning and on Kali in the evening
It Seems when the British were hunting for Velu Nachaiar who was fighting the British for freedom. A General called James smith came near the temple in search of her. There he saw a young girl tending the cattle. When he asked about the whereabouts of Velu Nachaiar , the girl replied, “ I know where she is but will not tell you.” The furious General cut off the head of the girl without realizing That it was The Vettudayar ayyanar. Later it seems Velu Nachiar gave several gifts to the temple including her Diamond studded Mangalya.
After some time people thinking that it is not proper to worship a cut statue wanted to change it . But at that Time Ayyanar entered a girl and she told, “ I am in the form which is suitable to Kali age and so leave out this plan.”
There is a very peculiar form of prayer in this temple which involves cutting a coin and putting it in a cage in this temple. Those who are not getting what is due for them take a Coin, pray Ayyanar and Kali ,,cut the coin and put it in this cage. It Seems Kali sees to it that what is justifiably due to them would reach them quickly. People with children whose speech is late come to this temple and their children start speaking soon. People also pray here to meet their old friends. Devotees also pray the Goddess for getting children and to get married
In front of Vettudayal Kali there is a flag post On Swathi Nakshtra day in the month of Panguni a great festival is celebrated in this temple for 12 days..On the ninth day there is also a chariot festival.. On 18th day of Adi month there is a poo Choriyal(shower with flowers) , on last Friday of adi month there is a lamp festival , During Navarathri the Goddess comes out on a horse steed. There is a book called “Vettudayal Veera Chakram” which extols her greatness. The Temple tree is Eecha maram (wild dates?)