Saturday, November 28, 2015

Semapudur village with several temples of village Gods

Semapudur  village  with several  temples  of village Gods

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       Semapudur   is a small  village   which is very near Keezha Iral   village which is on the  Madurai Thoothukudi road(108 km from Madurai) . The village has only about  150 houses  but has seventy different temples   dedicated  to various  village  Gods  of Tamil Nadu. Since no logical reason   or village  stories   are found   for the  reason of having   so many village  Gods  in a small  village  , experts believe  that once upon a time it was prominent town where  large number of villagers  from different villages   settled along with their family Gods .For  some unknown reason  ,  the town started  growing smaller  and the villagers  migrated to other places including towns. The face that  these people have  not forgotten   either the village  or   their family Gods  is proved by the fact that  during Maha Sivarathri festival and Panguni uthram festival   most of them reach back to this    village  to worship   their family  Gods.  These days are  celebrated with great grandeur   and pomp by  all the   guests  of the village They also come to the village for  the ear boring ceremony  and first head shaving   of their children . The invitation to the family God  is  invariably sent   to   their  respective family  Gods.

     This village also contains   some common  village God temples like  that  of Ayyanar (at the entrance of the village) , Munnodi Karuppan  , Maruthu Pandiar  , Sudalai Madan , Pala vesa kkaran , Malayamman  , Kaliyamman etc. The  research scholars  in several universities  should   study  this village  in a more thorough  manner   and find out  more about  the collection of village Gods.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Kottakudi –kurangani KOmbu thooki Ayyanar

Kottakudi –kurangani KOmbu thooki  Ayyanar

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   (Based on article   in Shakthi Vikatan  October issue .)

      This temple is situated in a village called  Kurangani , which is 44  km from  THeni, in the road  going to Bodinayakkanoor and is the shore of Kottakudi river. There is an interesting story behind this temple.   In a village called Kottakudi  near  Madurai, A young pretty girl went to  the pond to bring water,She was seen there by the King of Poojjayaru who fell in love with her. He send word to her relatives that the girl should be entrusted to him.Since the king was already married and had a child, her relatives were not willing   to do this and  so that the entire village moved from there towards theni. But without informing them a young man went to trhe king’s place   and killed his child and joined back the villagers. Since he was expecting an attack from the king he went on telling them    to walk quickly. The villagers became suspicious   and got the truth out of that lad. But  by that time the king’s army had already surrounded them. Then the lad , whose name was Karuthalaimudayar  , asked them to hide for safety behind a big rock, fought with the king’s army   and killed all of them.When the villagers  e requested Karuthalaimudayar, he refused them  saying, “I have enjoyed sacrificing of human beings and so I cannot live with you.” .Later the villagers went to the spot and established a centre stoine in that place  in memory of that great hero.   They also brought a hand full of mud and established  a temple for their   family God Called “Karkudai ayyanar.” And they also named the place as KOttakudi, which was the name  their original village. They started calling this Ayyanar as “Kombu thooki Ayyanar (Ayyanar of lifted horn)”, possibly because  daily in the noon worship at that temple , there is practice of blowing horns to summon the devotees. They also consecrated  idols of Vanapechi , Nagammal  and  Changili Karuppan  below a fig (athi) tree in the temple. 
    Barren couples believe that by tying a cradle on the fig tree, they would be blessed   with babies. They also believe that if they take  the lime fruit given in the temple after worship  to their home,  and add camphor  and salt to its juice   and spray that juice in their house, no evil spirit can do anything to them, Also they believe that  by offering  a dish made from rice   , jiggery and  shredded coconut to the God   , All the civil and criminal cases troubling them would be settled.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Muppandal esakki amman temple

Muppandal esakki amman temple

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         This temple is also called as Muppandal avvayaramman    temple .Muppandal is a  small village   which is 25 km  North of  Naagarkoil town of Kanyakumari    district of Tamil Nadu.People believe that the Goddess  was originally called “Iyakki” meaning she makes  things work  and this over time became Esakki,. The temple  has a  statue of the great  ancient poetess of  Tamil Nadu and hence it is called also as avvayara amman temple . There are  two stories about this temple, one about its  recent origin and another   about   its ancient origin. Another interesting  fact about  the temple is that the Goddess  remains under a  cactus  plant here.
Story of the recent origin of the temple
  In a place called Panakudi of Tirunelveli district a lady devotee was greatly suffering due to unbearable  stomach acheThough she consulted  many doctors nobody was able to cure it..Then she  thought of her clan Goddess  and shouted crying “Amma(mother)”.That night in her dream her clan God  Esakki Amman came  , sat neat her and massaged  her stomach  and asked her, “ I am now below a cactus plant. Can you not build a thatched   shed for me?”  and  then vanished.The pain of the lady vanished and she ran to the temple  of her Clan Goddess and she saw The mother Goddess  in the form of a  already made stone below a cactus  plant .The villagers immediately built a thatched shed for the Goddess  there itself.. several people whose prayers were  answered  slowly improved the temple  by matcking it in to a  built temple..This temple  is  in a valley whose three  sides are covered  by mountains of the western ghats  ands one side is a plane.Possibly this lead  thre place to be named  as Muppandal( Three  temporary  sheds),There is also a story that  The chera, Chozha and Pandya kings of  ancient Tamil Nadu , met at this temple  to solve their problems.When they came for meeting they erected   three  different temporary sheds and lived there. This again could have lead   to the name Muppandal(Three  temporary sheds).”
Ancient story of the origin of the temple.
     There was  an ancient temple of Lord Shiva in a nearby village called Pazhavur, He developed   relation with a Prostitute  of the village. She being a great devotee of Lord Shiva , protected  her virtue by being faithful   to only the priest. When the priest lost all his wealth, the other prostitutes were trying to get her separated from the priest..The priest   who was interested  in getting back all his wealth  murdered  the Lady Prostitute m, near a cactus bush,.The ladies  elder brother  who saw her dead also died there itself and the priest who tried to escape was bitten by a snake   and he  also died. That girl and her briother to take revenge were  born as a Yaksha boy and girl called Neelan and Neeli and lived in Chozha  kingdom. When the people found out that they were not human beings, they ran away from their residence and reached a Cactus bush. The brother  turned  in to a neem tree  and the girl lived under  that neem tree., The priest was born as a merchant and when he came  once near the cactus bush, , she created  a baby , followed him and told people that  he had cheated her and when he came back with her , she killed him near the cactus  bush..When with great  anger she was going away from the  great  poetess Avvayar  who was an old lady, told her that  since her mission is over, she can stay near the cactus  bush itself. When Lord Shiva , the friend of Yakshas  took pity on Neeli and requested  Goddess Parvathi to help her , the Goddess  gave her the great power called Veera Shakthi.From that time Neeli , then known as Easkki started   the protecting Goddess of the villages nearby. In that Cactus shrub even today there is a neem tree  and a Temple of a  Goddess.People  call that place as Adhi Moola  sthanam(The ancient sanctum) ,There the goddess  statue made  of baked clay is still there.Even today people who want to be blessed with children keep cradles  at The mantapam   at the  Aadhi moola Sthanam.
     IN the other temple built as per the words of Avvayar   , the Goddess Esakki   has a  very peaceful look.On her right side there is  the Goddess Kalyani called Piranathi Amman., The temple is guarded near the gate  by the two brothers of Esakki Amman called Sudalai Madan and Pattavarayan , There are separate  statues of Durga, Vaishnavi  and Avvayar  in the outside   corridor of the  temple,.Outside the temple there  is a 33 feet tall Statue of Esakki Amman in the I open ground.
   In the temple  a  protective sacred thread is tied   so that evil spirits and black magic  does not give any trouble to the devotees  of the temple. They offer White Pongal  and Payasam to the Goddess   and  distribute it to people as Prasada.There is a huge crowds of devotees  at the temple on full moon days. People believe that  if they worship  on that day, the unmarried girls  would get  married soon. After the worship on those  days, the priests tie an yellow thread on the hands of the girls..It is also a practice of the farmers to offer  a part of their  harvested to the temple. The Goddess is also   offered a sweet made of jiggery and Gingelly  ,
    All the vehicles passing in front of the temple stop their for a minute and drivers  pray for their  safety.The last Tuesday of the Adi month is celebrated in a grand way in the temple.On the second Tuesday, the Amman is anointed with turmeric water..There is also a ritual of  walking on fire by the males who do penance for 41 days at the temple on that day, . There is another prayer when the devotees  offer scented flowers   and cover up the Amman statue. But all festivals and worship start only at the Adhi Moola Sthanam

The temple is open daily from 6.30 Am  till 8 PM. Tuesdays , Fridays and  Sundays  are considered as special days to worship the Goddess.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Chelliamman temple of Thottapalayam, Vellore

Chelliamman temple  of  Thottapalayam, Vellore

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     This Temple is situated adjacent to the new city  bus stand  of the  Vellore visited by thousands of devotees  daily. She is considered to be another form of CHamundeswari , one of the Saptha Mathrukas(Seven mothers viz  Brahmi, Vaishnaviu, Maheswari,  Kaumari, Chamundi, Varahi , Narasimhi  ). Inside the sanctum the idols of all the Saptha Mathrukas  are  also seated but Goddess Chelli Amman who is Chamundi is prominently shown. There is a very interesting    story  of this temple.
    It seems Bommi and Dhimmi  were two brothers  hailing from Karnataka deserted their original home  due to the ill treatment of their step brothers and reached   the Banks of Palaru  in Vellore. At that time this part of Tamil Nadu was ruled by Chozhas and they  permitted the brothers to stay in Vellore. Seeing the Saptha Matha idols they started worshipping the idol of CHamundi who was their Kula Deivam (clan god.) Once when dacoits attacked that village and  these brothers  drove them out due to the power given to them by Chamundi. The other villagers   who only then realized the power of the Goddess started  worshipping Chamundi but in Tamil called   her Chelli Amman.
    Her devotees have great belief in the powers of the Goddess  and any good thing in their homes is only initiated   after  getting the permission of the Goddess . They offer  statues of horses and tie cradles  on the banyan tree  of the temple .The very large number of these statues and cradles go to prove  the popularity of the Goddess  .The temple is open from 6 Am to 8 PM. It  is about 4-5 km from V the Katpadi Railway station.

Veeramakali temple of Perambur

Veeramakali temple  of  Perambur

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 Perambur is a village in Pudukottai district of Tamil Nadu    which has the very famous Veeramakali   temple  .There is a very interesting legend about this temple. It seems several thousands of years ago, this village was terrorized by a spirit called CHemmuni , which used to like  to eat Human flesh. When it started    attacking mindlessly, the village people made an agreement with the spirit that   daily one of  the villagers would go to him as food. A roster was drawn up in the village for this.  One day  a  widowed lady with only one son had to send him as food to Chemmuni. She got agitated and requested Veeramahamuni   , a folk god who lived in Veerappoor  mountain to save her son. Veeramamuni took a very  mega form  and with his feet stamped on the head of CHemmuni  and pressed him. CHemmuni was buried in the earth. Though Chemmuni   requested d for pardon,  Veeramamuni   destroyed him completely  and then summoned his sister Kali   and requested her  to merge with the Kali of Perambur which was worshipped by the cultivators there. She became Veeramakali and was  made as   the  Guardian Goddess  of the village of Perambur.

   People  of the village believe that  She prevents all evil spirits from entering the village. They also believe  that  sick people , if they are brought to  the temple get cured..If anything is stolen from the  village they pray that they  would give  one fourth of the  cost of the lost article and the Goddess    recovers  it for them. This village is 22 km from the town of Trichy.

Musiri Azhagu nachiyamman temple

Musiri Azhagu nachiyamman temple

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    This is a temple that is situated   in the banks of  Cauvery  in the Musiri town of Trichy district.. It is believed that about one thousand years  ago when the river Cauvery  was in flood, two people who were taking bath in the river notice  a Palmyra leaf box floating in the river. Thinking that  it may  be a treasure or a child, they swam  in the river and with lot of difficulty saved the box and brought it to the shore. To their surprise they found idol of a Goddess . The village people   consecrated the Goddess  on the shores of the river and erected a thatched  leaf shed over her. Over time that hut was replaced by a pretty temple   and the Goddess who was called as Azhagu Nachiamman  became very famous and goddess of several thousand clans   of the village. Just outside the sanctum there is a statue of a  white horse and its  rider, The people believe that   the souls of their ancestors lay buried under the feet of that horse. If any one of their family dies , they bring a handful of the  mud   with boneir bones and bury it under  the feet of the horse, In the sanctum  there are seven virgins  Kaumari, Maheswari , Varahi, Azhagi Nachiyar, Indrani , Vaishnavi and Brahmi  .ON all the days of Margazhy month, Navarathri , on all Fridays of Aadi month special worship to the  goddess  takes place, Devotees believe that  by worshipping her ladies get  married quickly .The temple is open from 6Am to 8,30 Am   and 1 pm to 6.30 PM  .

Kongalamman temple , Erode

Kongalamman temple , Erode

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    KOngu Nadu   was an integral part of Tamil Nadu   , which spread over the present day Erode and Coimbatore  districts  .The  Tamil speaking people of Kongu Nadu  seem to have a great culture  of their own. Kongalamman is the guardian  deity  of Kongu Nadu and her temple  is situated  in the  Erode town of Tamil Nadu .The wall writings on the temple indicate that it is a very  ancient one .Most probably  the temple was located in the  Adhi Kongalamman temple in Anangur , which is a village  near Erode town. It seems  about 150 years back some thieves were  trying to steal the idol of Kongalamman from Erode temple . When they reached Anangur , they heard a voice from the sky   telling them that  if she is stolen from there  , they would face great danger. The thieves left the Goddess  there itself and ran away,Next day the people of  Anangur found the statue of Amman and built a temple for her there.The people of Erode then got made another idol and consecrated there  in the Erode temple .So before the Chariot  festival of the Erode temple  , the Goddess  Adhi Kongalamman  at Anangur would be  worshipped. People believe that Kongalamman  would guide them  in the day today administration of the village. It seems when a discussion was going on , in side the temple whether to have Kalingarayan Canal , The Goddess told them to build it. Kongalamman  has eight  hands   and  is believed to fulfill all the  needs of her devotees..Even today , when water is being collected for the temples in Erode town,  a part of it is first given to Kongalamman and the rest is taken to their respective temples. There is a Prathyangira Devi temple in side this temple with five temple trees. People with Sarpa Dosha  come to this temple  and by worshipping the Goddess  get rid of their Dosha., The temple also has mahishasura Mardini, Madurai Veeran, Karupaanna Chami, the sapthe mathrikas , The Saptha Kanni   and Pechi Amman temple   inside it.The chariot festival of the temple is on the Month of Thai on the  Poosam day.There is special worship of the temple  during all Fridays in the moth of Aadi. The temple is open from 6 Am to 8 PM.

Nannilam Madathi Amman temple

Nannilam  Madathi Amman temple

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   Madathi was the   youngest sister of seven brothers. After the early expiry of her parents, her brothers looked after her well. Though  a rich man called Vadavedu Mirasudar was in love with her , her  brothers gave her in marriage to a person in the near by village .The rich Mirasdar started visiting the village where Madathi was living often and her husband became jealous,Once when Madathi went to attend  a festival in a near by village , her son  wanted to ride in the giant wheel. When Madathi and her son got in to it, the Mirasdar   who was there  also got in to the same coach as her.When her brothers came to know about it, they felt that Madathi has  insulted their family and chopped off her head., The head of Madathi which fell on the earth cursed her brothers that, their children also would become orphans like her son. Slowly one by one all her brothers died and the entire village  which found fault with her   was completely destroyed. Her Village Cherankulam built a temple  for her at the spot where   she was killed.The temple which was a hut for the  past  two hundred years has now been built as a strong temple. She has become the Clan Goddess   for many people in the village .One peculiarity of this temple is that  sacrificing animals never take place there as she had ordered her people like that..Daily the priest anoints her with one big pot of water   and Closes down the temple  .Her devotees are   trying their best   to  start normal worship for her. Since the house of her priest is in the same village, devotees can go any day and worship  the Goddess

Keerangudi kudavarasi Amman

Keerangudi kudavarasi Amman

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Keerangudi is a small Village/hamlet in Kollidam Taluk in Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu State, India. It comes under Sathiyakudi Panchayath. It is located 72 KM towards North from District head quarters Nagapattinam. 235 KM from State capital Chennai .ON the way from this village KOnnangattu padugai is the Kudavarasi temple . Her devotees believe  that Kudavarasi Amman  is Renuka Devi , wife of saint Jamadagni and mother  of God Parasurama . When Renuka devi was slain by her son   under the orders  of her father   and later given back her life, Renuka it seems sat on the  banks of Kollidam rived and did great penance addressing  Goddess Durga,The Goddess  appeared before her and asked her to stay there  itself proving the greatness  of virtous woman. REnuka devi stayed  there for several eons as Kudavarasi. Amman. Slowly  her temple got destroyed and covered with mud. Over her idol it seems there was an ant hill.  They were not knowing that   a cow l was letting out  all her milk on the ant hill. When they returned their master   got very angry and beat them black and blue. Next day the master  was surprised to see that   all the vessels in his house was full of milk,. The master went to the boys and  begged for their  pardon. Then one of those  looking at them, got the goddess  in him and told, “I am goddess Kudavarasi who has come here.Your cow gave milk only to me and quenched my thirst. Go to the ant hill and see.”  They found the idol of Kudavarasi at the ant hill and consecrated that idol  there it self and started   worshipping her. Since flods in the river was common , they later shifted the temple  nearer to the village. Many people tried to build a temple for her but failed. But later one Ramrutha Sivacharyar who collected money for that   travelling to several villages   succeeded in erecting a small temple.The full moon day (Pournami) of Masi   and Chithrai month is celebrated with great fan fare  in this temple..In the month of asi Goddess Kudavarasi would go round all nearby villages and each village    would worship her in a grand manner. In each village  the Goddess would visit each individual home  and they would offer her a part of the harvested produce from their fields. They believe  that by doing so wealth will flow in to their homes.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Nallampatti Kunjayi and Kannadachi amman temple.

Nallampatti  Kunjayi   and Kannadachi amman temple.
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     Nallampatti   is a village which is 5 km from the Dindugal town of Tamil Nadu . There is a peculiar temple there   with two village Goddesses . The story of these goddesses   goes like this.
  Kunjayi  Amman: There was a landlord in Chinnakaran Patti who was   greatly troubled by evil spirits    sent by his enemies. He learnt magic from a famous magician and Attracted Karuppachami who was an expert in driving away such evil spirits  and after praying that God , he sent him to attack his enemies and they were all destroyed. Then that Land  Lord kept  Karuppachami in a mud pot  , kept ist in a box made of palm leaf and  floated it in a river, When that box was floating suddenly a great flood came in that river. A girl who was taking bath with her elder brother was swept away   by the flood  . And that girl went on shouting  Anna(elder brother) and asked him to help her  .Karuppachami who was in the pot heard her appeal and saved her . Then the girl  addressed Karupachami as Anna (elder brother) with great affection. Karuppachami accepted her  as her   younger sister. She was called Kunjayi Amman  . A practice of building Temple of Kunjayi Amman along  with or without  Karuppachami   exists  in these  parts
Kannadachi Amman belonged to a village called  Thayanoor. This village was once surrounded by flood  water. The people of the village who were scared  of the raising   water started vacating it. On their way, they saw a  crying girl child. They did not bother but went  ahead.  However a man called Pandaram   took the girl along with him to a safe place  . After a few days due to serious illness   and  when Pandaram was about to die he entrusted the    girl to his sons and requested them to look after   her. AS per the practice of the caste  Pandaram was   cremated. That night the girl child left the house without any one noticing her. Her brothers searched for her and at last  found her head lying on the ashes of their father  in the cremation ground. When everybody was standing perplexed the  girl’s head spoke  and told if her eldest brother   lights up a stick , she would vanish. She also told them if she is worshipped along with Kunjayi Amman and Karuppachami  , she would protect the villager. Since the girl  closed the eyes  of her brothers and vanished  , she was named as  Kannadachi Amman.
   IN the temple at Nalampatti the  gate of the temple faces west. As soon as you  enter the temple, on the left side you would see Madhurai Veeran and Karuppanachami majestically   sitting on a horse, After that   there are  small temples  of Madhurai Veeran , Bommi  , Vellayammal , Seven  virgins   and Nagamman. On the outer   corridor  of the temple you would find  Malayala  Karupannachami  , Paramasivan  , Parvathi   and Durga, There is also a huge Navagraha  Ganesa  on whose body the  nine  planets are carved.. It is believed that that Worshipping that Ganesa   would   remove all problems    due   to planets..If  a coconut garland is offered to him,  it is  believed that marriage would be settled soon..Next to is the Sannidhi of  Lord Srinivasa Outside the sanctum sanctorum  a huge lion’s statue is there  and near the gate , there are two Lady guards. In side on the same platform Kunjayi Amman and Kannadachi Amman are seen sitting.
     Kunjayi Amman holds a  hand drum(udukkai) in one hand and the other hand she keeps on her  thigh. Kannadachi Amman is seen holding a    sugarcane.

    On 17, 18, and 19 ogf Aadi month(July-august)   there  is a festival for Karupannachami . Both Goddesses would be decorated with a Karagam at that time.  On 17th , Karupannachami is worshipped by taking Milk pot and there is a procession  on the main streets  of the town. One priest who holds a whip  goes in front of the procession.  People who believe they are being troubled by evil; spirits , go and appeal to him. He   hits them with his whip and it  is believed that   the evil spirits  go away. On New moon and fill moon days special worship to the  Goddess  is conducted . The temple tree is a banyan tree. The temple  is open from 6 AM to 9 Pm and is about 5 km from the  Dindugal   main bus stand.

Cheruppalur Mutharamman temple

Cheruppalur  Mutharamman temple
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  Cheruppalur is a small village in Kanyakumari district.  It seems once upon a time this place was filled with Madhuca  (Iluppai tree) trees.Once THumburan Sami  and Bhodathan Sami (two village Gods) were walking by that road To Cheru[[alur and took rest below the  Iluppai trees. At the time there was a great epidemic in Cheruppalur and people were   dying like flies, They all went to a Mutharamman temple in a place called Yeethan Kadu and prayer her as well as the God(devan)  there to save them., The goddess Mutharama and Devan agreed and while they were coming to   to Cheruppalur , they happened to    see THamburan Sami    and Bhodathan sami , and they decided  to stay there  itself and then they protected   the people from the great epidemic.The grateful people   built a temple for Mutharamman  as well as Devan..When the regular   worship was being done there , the priest noticed the growth of an anthill there..Scared that it may spoil the   statue of the Goddess , he broke   that anthill..Next day another   ant hill grew up and he felt something is there  behind it and summoned the astrologer, who told them that They have to install   a  Ganesa statue at the place where   the   anthill appeared.
   Another time , there was an epidemic of  Smallpox in that village,. All villager appealed to Mutharamman.  On the 8th day small pox disappeared  from the village  and on the same day  , a well in the temple crashed   and closed itself. When  astrologers were called that   the small pox affecting the village was put in the well   and it has disappeared for ever . It was also seen that they could dig another well.

   In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple are  Mutharamman and the devan  and outside   separate small temples have been built for  Ganesa, THampuran Swami  , Bhothathan  , Cholla Madan and Nagaraja. In the Panguni (March-April) month  every year there is a five day festival in the temple. On the fifth day, Mutharamman and DEvan come out of the temple and go round the village  If the Amman is worshipped for seven weeks  , umnmarried people would   get   married and also childless couple would get children.People also believe that   all diseases get cured by praying to Amman. The temple is open from 6 Am-9 AM in the morning   and 5 PM   to 8 PM in the evening.The temple  is ion the road connecting Marthandam and Pechiparai  , about 9 km away from Marthandam of Kanyakumari district.

Thimmarayan samuthiram Suyambu Nagamani Devi temple

Thimmarayan samuthiram  Suyambu  Nagamani  Devi temple
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        Thimmarayan Samuthiram  is on the road from Thiruvanaikkaval temple   and Kallanai in the  TRichinopoly town. On the road while proceeding from THiruvanaikkaval , on the left side    you would be able to see   a 12 feet  ant hill.This ant hill is the sanctum sanctorum of the temple  , which is 400   years old.Nearby there are   steps going down and if you get down   there is a pretty temple there. It seems initially , only  a Karuvela tree  near that anthill   was worshipped as Nagamma. And over time that  ant hill itself became the   sanctum sanctorum of the  Nagamma idol. This idol has a lady goddess face on the top portion   and the bottom  is the usual Shivalingam. Once decorated  it only looks like the statue of the Goddess. This  idol faces north and on both sides   there are guardian goddesses, Next to idol of Nagamma in front of the anthill below the Karuvela Maram are the statue  of Kali and outside the anthill is the statue  of Angala  Parameshwari.People say that   several  serpents live in the anthill and once in a while come out.In the front of the temple , there adols of Kali   and Pechiyamman. In the middle   there is a Soola and statue of a lion. On the  outer Prakara   of the temple are Mahalinga Sastha, KOmbareswarar, Kamakshi Amman, Kalinga Narthanar , Seven mothers, Mahalakshmi   and Anjaneya.
   Angala Parameshwari  , Samayapurathu Bhagawathi , Karuppu Chami, Muneeswarar and Madhuraiveeran  are inside the compound of the temple and are   considered as guardian gods.. There is gooseberry (Nelli) tree  in the temple  and below it  are  Bhairava , Sudalai Madan   and Sambuga moorthi.. The temple tree is a neem tree and possibly to indicate   that the temple is  the Temple of three goddesses, It has split in to three  branches. The Hastha star  and Sashti thidhi  in Thai  month(January-February)  is considered as  the founding day of the temple and is celebrated  as a festival..The mud from the anthill   in the temple is considered to have medicinal properties and the Prasada of the temple , is this mud mixed in water used for anointing the Goddess. Full moon day   of every month is also   celebrated as  a  festival . The poojas and anointing of the Gods are done before 8.30 Am    and the temple opens to devotees only after that . On Sundays in Rahu Kala the Goddess  is anointed with milk. Devotees believe that by participating  in the milk  Anointing , all  doshas would go away , Marriage problems would be solved and  Son would be born.
 Going round the temple three times and tolling the temple bell three times is supposed to fulfill our wishes,. The temple  is open between 8.30 Am to  7 PM..Thimmaraya Samuthiram is situated 4 km away   from Thiruvanaikkaval on the Kallanai road.

Kuisai Mutharamman temple of Kulashekarapattinam

Kuisai  Mutharamman temple  of Kulashekarapattinam
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      Kulashekara  pattinam  is located   near THiruchendhur of Tamil Nadu , and is 55 km from THoothukudi. It seems there was a Swyambhu idol  of Lord  Shiva in the village   and the Goddess appeared in the  dream of    a worker  (king Kulashekara?)   and requested him  to get her an idol of her made   through the  priest who was coming from Kulisai  and she also  appeared in the dream of the priest  and instructed   him    , how she wants her idol made. The idol was installed along with the Swayambu Shiva Linga (jnanamoortheswarar) facing north. But though it is a Shiva temple  maximum importance is given to Goddess Mutharamman only   .Navarathri is celebrated   in a great manner in this temple.People believe inaugurating any venture during the festival with the blessings   of the Goddess   would lead it to great success .Lakhs   of People assemble in the temple for attending the festival,. Some people dress up like kali after  observing  very strict penance for 41 days  during Navarathri and worship the Goddess .  They also can dress up like  any other Gods they wish depending on what for they are praying . Rahu dosham is removed by dressing as Durgai  , financial status improves   if they dress up as Viswakarmeshwarar  , Wealth accumulates if they dress up  like Parvathi, Long life if they dress up as Muruga  , sickness cured if they dress up like Krishna  , Get power   if they dress up as Mahishasura mardini  ,  Get salvation by dressing up as Nataraja    and  Education improves if they dress up  as Goddess  Saraswathi. Apart from this an Adi Kodai festival for three days   and the Chithirai festival is also celebrated.

  The temple is open    from 6.30 Am to 1 Pm   and 4 PM to 9 PM. On ordinary days   and 5 AM   to 9 PM on festival days.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Oothukattu ellayamman kovil

Oothukattu ellayamman  kovil

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  This temple is in a diversion to Valajabad   near Oragadam in the  Tambaram to Kanchipuram road. It is a verypopular temple . There is a story behind the temple. It seems once King Krishna Deva Raya who came for  hunting in the Othukadu forest ggot tired and was   taking rest below a neem tree. A pup called Bhairava which accompanied the king  roamed in those parts and found out   the water source and lead the king there. When the king was drinking water he noticed a lime fruiyt fl;oating in the lake and following it one statue  of the Goddess which was two and half feet long also came,. He built a small temple below the neem tree and consecrated   that Goddess  there and she was called  The “Oothukadu ellayamman”.(She is also called OOthukattau amman ) This is believed to have been established in the year 1608.There is  also a story that the temple was established not by the knig but Nagal Naidu who was working in his army. The Temple tree is supposed to be Vanni tree.
   She is the family deity  of large  number of  people in those  parts and beople believe that all their prayers are fulfilled by her.  They  express their gratefulness to the Goddssx by offering Pongal to her on   tuedays, Fridays and Sundays. A festival called Brahmothsavam  is velebrated to the goddees   in the April-may month,. People dressed  in yellow cloth dipped in turmreric, walk on the open fire to please her during this festival.
     Recently the temple was expanded and an enytance Gopuram was built to the temple. Temples for Lord Ganesa , Durga  , Seven brothers, nine planrts and Kala Bhairava    are   consecrated surrounding her temple.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bilavadi Kathayi Amman

Bhilavadi Kaththaayee Amman
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Stated to be incarnation of Parvathi , she appears in Chittadi in the form of Kaththayee and relieves the sufferings of her devotees. Kaththayee Amman is Valli devi and Kaththyayini Amman is Parvathi. Similarity in name sometime causes confusion to many. However this temple has been built only for Valli, consort of Lord Murugan and affectionately called Kaththayee though both the deities Kaththayee and Kaththyayini ( Pachai Vazhi Amman ) find their place here. Two very interesting legends surrounding Kaththayee and Kaththyayini are in vague . Parasakthi protected her devotees against evils and gave darshan to her faithful devotees in several forms and governed the universe from immortal times. Here in Chittadi she came as Kaththayee to alleviate their sufferings. From the
inscriptions and documents available in the Tanjore Saraswathi mahal Library the land 400 year old temple for Kaththayee Amman ( Valli ) exists in a place called Bilavadi,a small helmet in the outskirt of Kumbakonam in Tiruvarur district of Tamilnadu. The place where it has been built was earlier known as Chittadi. It is difficult to explain the mystics of the temple which has beautiful structures. The temple lies in a sprawling field in the southern part of river bed Mudikontan. to the temple was reportedly donated in the year 1577, to a saint by Sevvappa Naicker erstwhile King of Tanjore . The place has been recorded as Avanam Chittadi.

Valli alias kaththayee Amman- Legend

The interesting story of Kaththayee goes as thus. Once upon a time, in the midst of a gathering in Devaloga ( Heaven ), two drops of tears fell from the eyes o Lord Vishnu in ecstasy which turned into two girls. The elder of them was named Amudavalli and the second as Sundaravalli. Born twins and grew together both wished to marry Lord Muruga and remain together for ever . Seeking such a boon from lord Muruga they went to river bank of Saravana Poigai and sat over the forest reeds and meditated. Pleased with their prayer, lord Muruga appeared before them and explained that it would be difficult for him to marry them immediately since they were born as Kriya and Icha sakthis, but would certainly marry them after vanquishing demon Suran. However till such time his mission was accomplished the elder of them should live in Devaloka ( Heaven ) and the younger in Bhooloka (Earth). While Sundaravalli went to earth, Amudavalli in the form of a motherless child, went to Indira and sought asylum. He initiated her as his daughter and directed Elephant Iravada his palace guard to bring her up . She came to be known as Devayanai . Deva as she was brought up in Devaloga ie Heaven and Yanai meaning Elephant . In Bhooloka, Lord Tirumal, born as a Rishi out of a curse from Lord Indira was meditating in a lonely place . Tirumal's wife Lakshmi came as a Deer, and stood before the Rishi who when opened his eyes starred at her in lust for a moment. She became pregnant out of that act. Taking cue of it Sundaravalli immediately entered into the womb of Lakshmi who soon gave birth to a female child. As soon as Vishnu was relieved of the curse of Indira, they abandoned the child in a bush near a pond called Vallikulam and proceeded to Vaikunta. By chance Nambirajan, a hunter saw the abandoned baby and took her home out of pity . When she grew up she was sent to the millet field to guard the crops against the hunting birds and other Ganapathi Nataraja Sivakami Subramanya Devasena Aayee i.e Kaththayee ( Kaththa in tamil meaning guarded and Ayee meaning a tribal lady ). Once accidentally Murugan met Valli in the millet field, befriended her and their friendship blossomed into love which grew deeper with time. Murugan decided to marry her and went to Vallimalai to meet her accompanied by a trusted guard . Sensing Murugan's plan his brother Vijayanagar accompanied by his parents, sage Narada, other Rishies and saints also followed them discreetly. Events transpired fast and finally with the blessings of everyone, Murugan married Valli. Lord Shiva who was present there requested Sage of Kanchamalai to built a temple in honor of Valli at the same spot. Sage of Kanchamalai and others regretted that though they were Siddas ( Great Muni/Rishies) none respected or cared for them and therefore felt that it could be achieved only by some others, but would certainly carry out the orders of Siva. They promised that a temple with three sanctums- Parvathi in the centre sanctum , Valli in left, and Murugan at the right side sanctum would be established. Saints and sages like Vishvamitra, Lord Narada, and other seven Rishies ( Saptha Rishies ) who were present in Murugan's marriage would also be seated at suitable place in the same temple. Agreeing to their request Lord Shiva blessed them saying that as a honor to Sage of Kanchamalai he would also like to be present animals which was the custom of the tribes to engage marriageable girls for such duty. Valli stood as guard at the field, sitting in an elevated platform called paran ( High Platform ). She was called Kaththa there as Kanchamalai Muni in separate sanctum. As soon as Sage of Kanchamalai got Lord Shiva's nod, he immediately took invisible form and called a Brahmin walking at a distance away " My son come here". Hearing the voice of an unknown the Brahmin went from where the sound came, but could not find anyone. Astonished he started walking back when again the invisible asked him not to go back as she had come there to alleviate their sufferings. Valli ,Kalinga Nardana ( Dance of Krishna over the head of a snake)- Dakshinamoorthi and Bhairava and protect it from the severe heat during summer ? Therefore he offered only flowers to the vermillion. During day time he used to keep his hand over the heap like an umbrella to prevent sun rays falling on it. Days passed. Mysterious female voice came again asking how he was going to protect her from the rains ? Sensible question he thought, but could not find an answer readily. The puzzled Brahmin considered several options and finally he made a clay mould and placed it above the vermillion heap and continued the prayers. When he realized that the clay mould like human body would also perish and can not protect it permanently he sat in meditation seeking solution to the vexed problem. Slowly he realized that inner vision over shadowed his thought process. Some feeble image appeared in his vision followed by several squares which merged together finally to display forty three triangles in seven structures i.e 4+3=7. Next came Kaththayee. He was amazed to see her beauty and fainted. Kaththayee woke him up saying that she was the same god who Soon dump struck Brahmin immediately saw heap of vermillion lying on the ground at a distance from where the voice came. He realized that the voice belonged to some deity which indeed remained there. From next day onwards he started worshiping the heap of vermillion, but the nagging concern was evident. How to conduct prayers to the heap of governed the universe and repeated that had come there to only alleviate their sufferings . She also indicated that she would emerge from the river displaying three head gears which should be taken out and consecrated at some place for worship. Scenes that followed slowly melted away. Next morning the brahmin went to the river bed , sat there in the bank starring the river all through the day. Suddenly he saw one bunch of three head gears floating and disappearing into the water. He jumped into the river brought out a idol lay buried inside the sand. Elated at its beauty , he kept it over his shoulder and jumped , rejoiced and wept in happiness. Anticipating such a find he had earlier constructed a small platform on the western side of the river to consecrate the find. He walked back dancing in ecstasy all way to the spot collected the heap of vermillion, spread over the platform and placed the idol over it and started worshiping it. In the same haste without realizing the consequences, he threw away the clay mould into the river which went down. Some times everyone indulges in such foolish acts , no wonder fate played its role to make the Brahmin commit such folly. Next morning when the brahmin concluded prayers and as usual waited for
the invisible to indicate something only an eerie silence remained. He shouted aloud mother, mother but for some time nothing happened. When he repeated the shout the invisible asked him not to search her as she had already left that place along with the clay mould thrown into the river. He realized his foolish act, which of course was not intentional. He was unaware of the consequences, he committed a sin not reversible. How to retrieve back the clay mould from the water ? Crying aloud like a motherless child, he pleaded for pardon as it was borne out of ignorance. Inspite of it if she refused return back he would jump into the river and commit suicide carrying the idol. He went on telling how he painstakingly plucked the flowers and showered on her till both hands pained. He blamed his two legs which were real culprits that took him to the river side to help throw away the clay mould and therefore would punish them by doing 'sit and stand' exercise till the tissues in the legs broke leading to oozing of blood. A mother can not remain spectator to the suffering of her kin and kith. After all, the priest had worshiped her with utmost sincerity ? Kaththayee appeared before him to assure that his mistake had been condoned and she would return back and remain there as Gnanambika ( mother of Wisdom ), Odyana roopini ( Ottiyana meaning remain struck in heart) and Karunamayee ( One who is kind) to remove their distress. Symbolizing the above three aspects in three head gears, she merged in to the idol. First she appeared in the form of heap of vermillion, stayed in the clay mould and finally in the idol. Like Nambiraj who brought her up ( Nambi in Tamil means believed ) she assured to remain there for ever alleviating the sufferings of those who surrendered themselves into her feet, drive away evils like how she drew the birds and animals from millet fields. She also expressed her desire to be with those who attended her wedding – Murugans parents Parvathi and Shiva, Sainrts Jada Muni, Narada, Agasthya and Gouthama, Karu Muni, Chem muni, Saptha Rishies like vazu muni, veda muni Vamadeva, Vishwamitra, Muthu Muni, Bharadwaj. She became Katha + Aayee = Kathaayee , because she guarded the fields ( Katha in Tamil meaning protected and Aayee means a tribe girl ). Town became to be known as Muthu Muni Pachai Muni Sada Muni Chem muni Lada Sanyasi Chittadi since many Siddas meditated there ( Chitta meaning Siddas and Aadi means danced) and river named Mudikondan conveying her appearance with three headgear in that river.

Wonders of  Kaththayee

The mystic acts of Kathathayee who called up a stranger to construct a temple 400 years ago is not difficult to believe. Many had strange personal experiences and enjoyed the gratitude of mother in several ways, out of which only few can be told. Read this incident which occurred several years back. In the midst of a night a holy Brahmin was walking through the temple area. It was 20.00 hrs at night. Tired and fearing to continue the journey in night with huge cash in hand he searched for a rest house .The temple appeared like an isolated house and as he reached there seeking shelter a lady came out . He told her that he was proceeding to the next village with lot of cash to buy bullocks and therefore sought her help to find a place to stay that night. Without uttering a word she took him inside, served some food and asked him to leave the cash bag there and proceed to another house along with her son to take rest . He advised him to come back in the morning to collect the money. After handing over the bag containing the cash the Brahmin followed her son who walked through the bushy areas carrying a lantern, and showed a sleep yard outside the house in an Agrahara ( Place where the Brahmins reside as a community ) in village Chtthadi to take rest . Next day morning the owner of the house came out and awakened the stranger to inquire the purpose of his visit. When the Brahmin narrated the entire story, the owner scotched at him and refused to believe the story stating that no such house existed in the near vicinity and blamed that he was bluffing. 'What will be the fate of my money ?' Brahmin was panicky. 'Okay let us go and see' said the owner and accompanied him to the house where he had deposited the money the previous night. Tracking back the same route he walked the previous night the Brahmin took him near the temple site where he said the house was seen. The temple priest who opened the temple said 'Don't worry, let us pray to the deity' and took them inside. Alas ! They were shocked to find the same bag as described by the Brahmin lying at her feet and entire amount remaining intact. Unable to control his emotion the tourist cried aloud ' mother not only you saved the money, my prestige has also been saved, lest I would have remained a liar in front of all' wept the Brahmin who then spent the entire money to built the temple. This relates to an incident that happened 300 years ago. On an occasion two family members of Kaththayee group traveled to the temple to offer prayers in two bullock carts. After offering prayers and other rituals they returned home. One of the female child who was playing in the temple complex was unknowingly left behind . Everyone thought that she was traveling in the other bullock cart. Back home they found the child missing and searched all over. Finding no trace of the child the agonized family rushed back to the temple in search of her. As they were all crying in the sanctum sanctum an invisible said ' calm down and do not search the child any more. Years back when she fell ill it was promised that the child would be given to me. Since you failed to honor the promise I have taken her. She is my child now' The family remembered that indeed such a promise was made years back when the child was seriously ill . It is believed that the statue of a small child seen at the feet of the deity is the same child. Forty years ago Janaki Ammal wife of Krishnamurti was returning to her native place Thirunilankudi a nearby small village from Chittadi in a Jadka ( Bullock Cart). The river on way suddenly swelled and the cart began to submerge. 'Kaththayee save us shouted the lady' What a miracle ? Some one came in a bicycle, pulled up the cart and the bullocks and safe landed them. He also accompanied them in his bicycle till the border of the village and disappeared. Every one forgot the incident. In the next few days when once Krishnamurti and his family went to the temple again to attend a function, the temple priest Duraiappa Gurukkal in trance started dancing and went near Krishnamurthy uttering' It is me who helped your family from the swollen river'. They now realized that the person who came in a bicycle and saved their lives was none than Kaththayee. In the year 1939 same Krishnamurti's mother who carried a pot full of milk entered in to the burning Yagna Kund (Holy pyre). To everyone's astonishment she stood in the midst of the burning fire for full ten minutes and not even her silk saree burnt. Only after the request of the temple priests Sri Sundaresa Gurukkal and Sri Duraiappa Gurukkal did she come out without even a scratch on her body. One family was in trauma as their daughter's marriage did not realize for many years. One of their family friends advised them that instead of going to several other temples to pray for it, it would be proper to go and offer prayers first to the family deity to find a solution.Taking his advise they went to Kaththayee temple and prayed there. In the next one month their daughter got married. Some more miracles occurred in the same family. On the advice of the Kaththayee trust secretary they prayed for a grand son and got the wish fulfilled. Once their son could not return back to India from U.S due to several obstacles and when they prayed at Kaththayee by keeping a coin tied in a yellow cloth, his transfer orders came forth with . Whoever went to her and prayed with utmost devotion and sincerity their trust were never betrayed.

Legend on Pachaivazhi Amman ( Kathyayini )

Pachai vazhi amman ( Kathyayini) mother of Murugan too is seated in another sanctum in the same temple carrying behind an interesting story. Very long ago Kathyayana maharishi sat in tapas seeking Siva's blessings. His wish was that Parvathi should be born as his daughter and that he should get her married to Shiva . Strange wish. However Shiva granted the boon. He ensured that Parvathi was born to him. The child was named Kathyayini and when attained puberty she desired to marry Shiva. Her father's friends like Siva, Dharma, Nada, Yoga, Vazz, Puruda and maha muniswars ( Saints ) helped her succeed in her tapas . When lord Siva appeared before her she expressed her desire and also wished to remain there so that whoever came there seeking marriage boon she could fulfill their wish. As per the wish of Kathyayana Muni Siva-parvathi got married. Shiva allowed her to remain in a separate sanctum to grant boon to the devotees seeking alms for the marriage. It is believed that those who observed Kathyayini vrith ( Fast ) obstacles on the marriage gets removed.

Structure of the Temple

Kathyayini remains seated in the centre of sanctum sanctum with Kathathayee on the right side and Murugan on the left side in two separate sanctums. Kaththayee holds a lotus in her right hand and keeps the left slightly folded in a stylish fashion. Three head gears appears on her head, left leg folded and right leg stretched to the ground. A child is also found seated below her leg. Outside the temple complex Kanchamalai Siva holding a lotus in his hand is seen. He keeps his left arm over a cobra. It is interesting to see that Kathyayini devi too holds a lotus in her hand in similar fashion. At different ends statues for Veerabagu muni with veera mitra bommi, nine saints, lada sanyasi Danvanthri muni, and Pachi amman are seen consecrated. Vilvam and neem trees are considered to be the sacred trees of the temple.
Courtesy: ----I sincerely thank the Kaththayee Bhaktha jana trust, No 2, -Sarangapani Street, T'nagar, Chennai-17 for rendering valuable assistance to collect the information and supplied several photographs without which the 400 year old history of Murugan's consort Valli's beautifully architectured temple could not have beencompiled and would have remained unknown to many readers.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kannathal (kannudaya Nayagi) of Nattarasan Kottai

Kannathal (kannudaya Nayagi)  of Nattarasan Kottai

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Nattarasan Kottai  is  a small town in the  Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu , which is 51 km from  the city of Madhurai.   There is a famous temple of Kannudaya Nayagi   (also called as Kannathal)  , 2 km out of Nattarasan Kottai.
    Once upon a time the butter- milk merchants of Nattarasan Kottai   were not able to go beyond Pirandikulam which is    a near by village   in the forest , Some power upturned their butter milk pots,
The merchants wanted to approach the king to solve this  problem. That day Goddess Kannathal appeared in their dream and told them that she was lying buried  beneath  the mud in Pirandikulam, Under the orders of the king while the people were digging in the village   for finding out the idol, the spade  of a devotee  hit his  own eye and it started bleeding. When  in spite of it he continued,  he could recover the statue and as soon as   it was taken out , his eye injury was cured. Because of that they started calling her  “Kannathal(mother of the eye)”, The statue has eight hands  holds a small drum (udukkai ) and trident in her hand   and her left leg  is seen stamping an Asura called Mahisha. When the people(Cowherds)  were trying to transport the statue, they were  not able to take it  beyond a point and there it was consecrated facing  east   in a village called  Nayanmarkulam.  The Nattu Kottai Chettiars(Nagarathars)   were directed by the Goddess to offer  sacrifice   and Kaliyattam. .They assembled , made them  selves in to two   groups called Kallar and Kanakku Pillais and sacrificed 1499sheep.No blood came out of any of them. But when the 1500 th sheep was sacrificed , blood came out and the statue   started moving  and it halted in a place called  Virakandan Urani in the south of the Shiva temple and the statue faced north. Initially   the Pujas were performed by people  belonging to the Bangle sellers (Valai chetty  community)  and then the Goddess ordered through voice from the sky that she should be worshipped by people belonging to the Uvachiar   community (The poet Kambar belonged to this communityand his tomb is situated near this temple ),Till today only people belonging to this community are priests  in this  temple.
     A kaliyattam festival is celebrated in this temple once in every  twelve years, which coincides  in the year when Mahamaham is celebrated in Kumbakonam.This festival is celebrated   for 22 days.  There is an annual festival  lasting for 10 days in the month of Vaikasi(May-june). On 7th day the idol is taken out in a golden chariot and on 8th day  the deity is taken out in a silver chariot wearing a Nagarathar ornament called  “Kuzhutu Uru” . On 9th day she is taken out in a wooden chariot. On the 10th day a rabbit is sacrificed to please her.  On the pongal day  , pongal is offered to her by the Nagarathar community.
     The temple is open from  7.30 Am to 12,30 PM  and from 4 PM to 8.30 Pm. . The goddess is decorated in a golden dress during the first Friday of  every month and this dress  is contributed by Nagarathar  community in Singapore.

       People with eye problems, people wanting a child , people who are not able to get married worship at this temple and get their wishes fulfilled. After fulfilling their wishes, the devotees arrange for Abhishekam of the Amman and offer   her new cloths .Maa vilakku is also offered to the Goddess ,

Musiri Kannimar Kamakshi temple

Musiri  Kannimar Kamakshi   temple

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  On the southern  side  of Musiri village of Trichinopoly district of Tamil Nadu flows  the Cauvery river. Once that  river    which never dries , dried. Villagers who were digging the river   were surprised when their  spade hit a   statue of nine maiden’s    made of one stone. The very religious villagers were taken aback    and  made a thatched hut in a nearby forest   of  Vanni and neem trees.Because  the  prayers of devotees  were answered quickly , that temple became popular.
   At that time  who wanted to  erect a Kamakshi temple in Trichy    were  bringing the statue of Kamakshi from Madras.When they reached Musiri village , they kept the statue  of Goddess Kamakshi in the temple of the nine maidens ans went to take bath in river Cauvery,.But after bath when they came back , they were not able life the statue of The Goddess  Kamakshi and so they consecrated that   statue there itself and went back. Thus Goddess Kamakshi was added to the temple   along with the nine maidens..Slowly the loal people were able to expand the temple and build a temple with stones. Due to Kamakshi and the nine maidens being consecrated   there, people started   calling it “Maidens Kamakshi Temple.”.The devotees  also consecrated a Ganapath,  Kathava Rayan, Madhurai Veeran, Masi Periyannasami , Bommi   and  Vellayammal  in the same temple on the southern side of the main temple. People say that   the nine maidens statue  found here  was the original statue    that they found in the river .  In the entrance to the Ardha Mantapa  Kamakshi Amman is consecrated. Mud statues   of the nine maidens  decorates the entrance of the Amman temple. In the main sanctum sanctorum, the new statue of the Seven maidens   is consecrated.

      This temple is 30 km from Trichy town. The temple is open from 6 Am to 1 Pm and  4 Pm to 8 Pm.