Monday, August 18, 2014

Padavettamman of KOyampedu

Padaveetamman   of  koyampedu, Chennai

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      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.

Kuzhumani Ooradachi Amman

Kuzhumani  Ooradachi Amman

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Kuzhumani is a small village 10 km from Trichy town of Tamil Nadu. This village got its name because  One villager   got   a Shiva Linga while ploughing his land  .Kozhu munai , is the “Corner of the plough. There are several village goddesses  situated in this village,. The Vallam Thangi Amman, who is believed to prevent floods    from the Uyyakondan river which flows near the villge, Kulanthalai Amman  who is suppost to help people of this village   by making it cool,  and another Amman called  Kollachi Amman. But the most important Goddess  of the village is   the Ooradachi Amman,  who is believed to guard this village from evil spirits cand evil men. People of the village believe that   , the head of the Goddess is hot like a flame of fire. The Goddess faces the northern direction. In the temple for her  , there are also Kanni moola Ganapathi, Rajali Karuppu, Madurai Veeran, Bommi, Kathavarayan Karuppu Chami    and  Panayadi Karuppu   ,People believe that  Panayadi Karuppu  is the assistant of OOradachi Amman  who is deputed by her whenever injustice  lifts its head   in the village.,He is supposed to be the special God   of the merchants of the village.They believe that by worshipping him, their business  becomes prosperous.People believe that Panayadi Karuppu travels at night on his white horse   every night. People also report hearing the sound of hoofs of his horses    at night..
     Ooradachi Amman is   the Kula deivam (clan goddess) of hundreds of the families belonging to this village. Daily they come and prepare  POngal and offer to her. There is a special worship for this Goddess  during the new moon and the full moon days.. Ladies   without children visit this temple on six consecutive full moon days and are suppose to become pregnant. On the third month of pregnancy   they come offer bangles to the  Goddess   and distribute Prasada to the devotees , to show their gratefulness.
    A few months back Kumbabhishekam of this temple was performed after    several  hundred years, The temple is open from  6AM to Noon and 5 PM to 7 PM.. There are town buses from Trichy to reach this village  .


Chellandi Amman of Mohanur

Chellandi Amman of  Oruvanthur near Mohanur

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  The two younger sistes of   Chelliamman of Madurai  and Kali  wanted to decide the place they wanted    to live. They decided they would hit a ball each and wherever   the ball falls they would have   their temple there. The ball hit by the eldest  sister fell in Oruvanthur  , the  ball hit by the younger one fell  in Paranthadi   and the ball hit by Kali fell  in Thottiyam   ,Because of that the elder sister became Oruvanthur  Pidari , the second one became  Panathadi Periya Kandi Amman   and Kali  became Thottiyam  Madurai Maha Kali 
    The Oruvanthur  Pidari  took the shape of a golden ball   in a place where salt was manufactured. Those people thought that  it was an ordinary ball   and put it in a pot. The Ori king who came  to know about it somehow  , along with a poet  called Parana   came there  and a young girl also came there   in search of the  ball.
  When king asked the salt manufacturers about the ball  the young girl claimed the ball belonged to her. tHe salt manufacturer told , that any one of them who tells exactly where   the ball fell can claim it. When the girl told the exact spot, te worker introduced his hand   in side the pot. The pot had  broken at the bottom and the girl also vanished from there.When the king removed the pot , below it was a pretty statue  of the Goddess. The poet told   that  the girl who came there was Goddess  herself. That Goddess  was named as  Chellandi Amman and prople started   worshipping her  in Oruvanthur. In the Sanctum   she stands with eight hands    holding weapons in the form of killing an Asura. They also  sanctified  Ganesa , Pattavan Chami  ,Karuppanna Chami , Madurai Veran , Seven maids  , Pechi amman , Chadaichi amman etc.
    After they recovered a statue of Goddess Parvathi worshipping Shiva  from the temple, Ladies   visit the temple   and pray for fulfilling their wants. Near the sanctum there  is  a depot like structure  and the salty mud from the depot called “Uppiliyan thittu  Uppu Man”  is given to devotees as Prasad.  People believe  if it is applied over the body , the metal and physical diseases would be cured. Devotees pray for getting married, and getting children  and Annoint the Goddess and present her with Silk saris. In  the month of Margazhi there is a festival in the temple called Vel thiruvizha . In the month of masi the founding day of the temple is celebrated for 15 days. In the last Friday of Adi month the  Goddess is anointed with 1008 pots of milk.

     The temple is situated 5 km from Mohanur which is 23 km from namakkal. The temple is open from 6 Am to 8 Pm