Cheruppalur Mutharamman temple
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.