Kottakudi –kurangani KOmbu thooki Ayyanar
(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.