Manveli Draupadhi amman temple
Manveli is a small village in the kumbakonam Nagapattinam high way and isabout 30 km from Kumbhakonam .Draupadhi is the wife of Pandavas of Mahabharatha.
There is a story about the origin of this temple. Achyutha Nayakkar who was ruling over Thanjavur went through the place and was taken sick suddenly and almost fainted. His people took him from the Palanquin and made him lie on a tree shad. He was at that time gasping for his breath. Suddenly he heard an old lady calling him “sir” to wake him up. When the king opened his eyes, he saw that in that place there was no body except him and that old lad. He asked her about the whereabouts of his army and she told they have gone some place near by.. She also told him, “You seem to be greatly tired and also you seem to gasp for breath.. Please take this Gruel(Kanji) .” And then she gave him little of the gruel from the mud pot.. Seeing her old age and her kind gesture , the king took a little of the gruel from her. Suddenly she became completely all right. He wanted to give her some present and searched for his army.But when he again saw , he saw the old lady entering a hut which was far away. And he saw suddenly that he was surrounded by all his army members. He asked them . “Where were you all this time?”. They replied that , “We were all here only round you and all this while you were sleeping.” . Then the king showed them the hut that was far away and asked them to go and call the old woman who was the owner of the hut. .When the soldiers went there they did not find any old woman but a Statue of Draupadhi amman.The grateful king converted the hut in to a well built temple..Again over time the temple got dilapidated but now her devcotees recently have a built a pretty temple for that Goddess.Outside the temple , there are mud statues of Aravan (The son of Arujuna and the Naga princess uloopi and that of Muthala Ravuthar, belonging to religion of Islam.)
People believe that Goddess Draupadhi who is very merciful would cure diseases of all children.
When a child becomes seriously ill , it is brought and made to lie down before the Goddess and parents request the Goddess to cure the disease. Then after the child is cured the parents bring the child again to the temple during the festival and fulfill the prayer oaths that they have taken
Every year during the month of Vaikasi a grand festival of eleven days is celebrated to this Goddess. Daily Street plays depicting important stories of Maha Bharatha is acted before the devotees, This is done so that the uneducated devotees also know about the stories of the great Mahabharatha.