Thurayur Angala Parameswari temple
Thurayur is a small town near Trichy. This temple is situated about 2 km from the Thurayur bus stand. This temple is approximately 300 years old and has a door facing east. As soon as we enter the temple on our left is the temple of Aghora Veera Bhadra and next to it is the Kuthirai Veeran(Hero on horse.) , Pavadai Rayan , Isakki Amman, Periyannachami, Muthu Karuppannachami , Thengu perumal and Rahu kala Durga. On the right side is Madurai veeran and next to it near the entrance of the main temple are Lord Ganesa and Lord Subrahmanya. On both sides of the temple are two huge Dwara Palakis( security guards to Goddess ) . In the sanctum sanctorum is the smiling Angala Parameswari in a sitting pose with four hands. Side by side are Maheswari, Mahishasura Mardini , Vaishnavi , Brahmi and Durga idols. There is also a temple for Pechi Amman having a child in her lap and Periya Nayagi who is about 9 feet tall in the lying down pose. The temple tree is the ber tree(Ilanthai tree) and nearby is the Karuppa Sami who is in standing pose playing the flute,
The story of the temple is as follows. It seems a son of Goddess Parvathi called Kathava Rayan was guarding her house but he was very mischievous and when the seven maids complained to Lord Shiva , he came there to punish Kathavarayan. Being a mother , the Goddess wanted to protect her son and gave the boon of immortality (vega chudalayil chaga varam-His body would never be burnt in cremation ground) . Shiva got further enraged and cursed that Goddess Parvathi to leave his left side of the body and be be born in earth . Lord Vishnu who was her brother came with her to help her. Kathavarayan also got reformed and started helping her. The Goddess then became Angala Parameswari and started protecting people around Thurayur.
There is another story about a Vallala king who was ruling over this part of Tamil Nadu. He was a great miser. Though he was rich he did not have children .At last the king came to this temple for his prayers. Answering his prayers the queen became pregnant. But though 15 months were over , she did not deliver the child. With great pain in the heart the king and queen came to this temple and begged the Goddess to help them. Immediately the goddess took the form of an old woman came before them and took out the child from the queen with bare hands. Then that old woman took the a fierce form of Pechiamman and listening to the prayers of the royal couple took the form of the peaceful Angala Parameswari. The king got reformed and stated helping all people generously.
Shivarathri is an important festival in this temple . A huge crowd of devotees carrying huge pots of milk come to this temple and Angala Parameswari is anointed with milk. On Deepavali and the first of Chithrai month special worship is done to the Goddess. Ladies desirous of having children come to the temple of Pechiamman and tie toy cradles in the tree nearby . Ladies desirous of getting married come and present Saris to Pechiamman. The temple is open between 8 AM to 1 Pm and from 4 Pm to 7 Pm. The temple is situated in the Chandai road of Thurayur.