Keerangudi kudavarasi Amman
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.