Padaveetamman of koyampedu, Chennai
This happened about 250 years ago. Some people from Chennai from Thiruppathi after a pilgrimage to Thiruppathi. When the heared Chennai , they saw a wheel like stone rotating on the road.. That wheel was rotaing on the road and stopped in the middle of the road blocking it. The people travelling in the cart got down and wanted to put that stone on a side but to their surprise they saw it was a statue of was the upper part of a Goddess. When they were not knowing what to do, , one girl who was looking after goats nearby Goddess in her..She told, “ I was the goddess of the war zone (padai veedu) of a chozha king.,. Over time my temple disappeared. I am rolling and travelling to find out a proper place for me to stay. Little from this place there is a Neem tree. Please keep me there and worship me. I would fulfill your wants and always protect you.” They searched and saw a Neem tree near by and kept that Goddess there. From that day that Goddess is still below that neem tree. That forest area has become an important locality of Chennai city..The name Padai Veet Amman slowly changed to Padavettamman. People have constructed a small sanctum sanctorum for the Goddess below that same neem tree.. On the head of the Goddess a sepent opening its hood and a flame of fire is seen. People say that this indicates that she was worshipped by soldiers once upon a time. The face of that goddess is pleasant like moon in the n middle of the wheel like stone. Just before anointing only this form can be seen clearly . After Abhisheka they decorate the Goddess with silver. Another important thing about the temple is that , they ofter find a cobra sleeping at the feet of the Goddess at night. So priests clean up the old garlands etc vey carefully. Many families have adopted this Goddess as the family deity and worship her by offering Pongal. From the fifth Friday of Adi month there is a festival at this temple which lasts for three days. All her devotees firly believe that she will fulfill all their wants which are just.
The temple is 4 km from Koyampedu bus stand of Chennai on the main road. The temple is open from 6 Am to 12 noon and 6 PM to 9 Pm.