Nallampatti Kunjayi and Kannadachi amman temple.
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.