Kolli Malai is a small mountain range near Namakkal of Tamil Nadu .Literally it means “Mountain of death”. There is a famous Shiva temple on the top of Kollimalai called “arapaleswarar temple”. There are lot of references to this mountain in ancient Tamil Literature. There is abelief that , this place was connected to the Great philanthrophist Val Vil Ori in the ancient times. On the way to this temple is a village Called Poonthottam(Flower garden). Four km from this village is the mysterious Kollipavai temple. Literally he name means , “Maiden of death”. She is not in a temple but in a hut with palm leaf roof. This hut does not have any doors also She has a very enigmatic smile that attracts all. This idol also has eight legs and is also called Ettu Kal amman (Goddess with eight legs) . It seems there are references to this Goddess in Sipaadhikaram , one of the ancient tamil epic. The idol is always covered with sandal paste. The anointing of the idol by sandal paste is done by her priest behind a curtain.
It is believed that in Kolli Malai large number of herbs and medicines , grow and lot more are buried in caves and pits in the mountains. It is believed that Many saints and Sidhas are doing penance on the top of the mountain.. The famous Saint Gorakh Nath is supposed to have his cave on this mountain. These saints requested The Asura architect Maya to make a idol which would attract all bad people and kill them and they called the idol, “The maid of death.” AS soon as that idol gets the scent of bad people or asuras , it seems she attracts them by her smile and kills them. But the priest of the temple says that Kolli Pavai is the Goddess providing protection to all the villagers in that area. He anoints the idol with sandal paste and then runs and jumps all round her shouting and also dances, Then he shows the camphor Light to the Kolli Pavai , wears in a trance a wooden sandal with three inch long nails and sharp iron pieces and answers all the questions posed by the devotees of the Goddess. After getting rid of the trance , he kgives Prasada of sacred ash to all her devotees.
People believed that The Sidhas who come to collect rare medicinal herbs from the mountain, first take permission from Kolli Pavai , go and collect the herbs, bring them back and take permission of Kolli Pavai to use them. They believed that the full effect of the herbs collected could be experienced only if they follow this method.
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