Manjaneeswarar Ayyanar appan of Keezhputhupattu
It is believed that the power of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu who had come as Mohini joined together to form a God. This form looked similar to a cloud and it was called Manjani by the villagers who saw it . This power became An Ayyanar and got settled down in a forest in a village called Keezh Pudupattu which is near Pondicherry on the eastern express way connecting Pondicherry and Madras. He along with Gods Ganesa , Shiva, Sani as well as Ravana is believed to protect all the villages surrounding Keezh Puthu pattu. Due to his original name of Manjani he is also called as Manjaneeswarar and also Ayyanarappan.His devotees believe that he would be living in Puthupattu only till evening and as soon as the sun sets, he starts going round the world riding on his white horse all over the world to protect every one .He would come again to Puthupattu only next day early morning., This Ayyanar temple was supposed to be built about 900 years back by one Kulothunga Chozhan. Like some other Ayyanar temples , this Ayyanar has two consorts Poorna who is the daughter of king of Ilavanji and Pushkala the daughter of king Bikaranjan. And these consorts sit on both sides of the Ayyanar idol. Unlike many ayyanar temples, animals are not given in sacrifice to this Ayyanar but are sacrificed to a folk God called Malayalathan (Man of Malayalam) who is at the entrance of this Ayyanar temple. People believe that the king of Pandala came for hunting in this forest and found a child in this spot and that child was adopted by the king and Named Manikandan .Manikandan later was consecrated as Ayyappan in Sabarai Malai of Kerala. Because of this, Many Ayyappa devotees who go to Sabari Malai visit this temple also during their Annual pilgrimage and believe that their pilgrimage would not be complete without visiting Keezhpudupettai.
This Ayyanar is the Family God of very large number of families. Many of these people pray to this Ayyanar to lock the mouth of their enemies who jeer at them . They write their prayer on a piece of paper and tie it to the feet of this Ayyanar . Many other people who are slaves to bad habits write on the chit of paper that they have left their bad habit. Since Ayyanar punishes those who tell a lie , many of these people do leave out their bad habits, Other forms of worship include , making dolls of small white horses and keeping them at the Ayyanar temple . Preparing pongal and offering to Ayyanar , Giving their hair to ayyanar , Offering goats and hen to Malayalathan etc,People who are being troubled by the planet Sani(saneeswara) visit this temple on every Saturday and get rid of their problems, The temple is open from 6.30 Am to 8 PM.