Alamaathi Pidari Echathammam temple
.There is an interesting story behind this temple:-
When Goddess Parvathy was fighting with an ASura called Mahishasura, wherever a drop of blood fell from that ASura’s body a new Rakthabheeja was created. To Stop this Goddess Parvathy created the Ferocious form of Kali who drank all the blood that fell from the Body of Mahishasura. Due to consumption of blood, she became extremely ferocious and Goddess Parvathi made her wear a garland of limes which cooled her down. She then covered herself by an ant hill in that village which was called Erumavetti palayam(The village of cutting of elephant) .
Later when Rishabhasura the grand son of Ravana lusted for Goddess Parvathi and started troubling her, she again woke up that Kali who cut off the head of Rishabhasura and drank all his blood. DEvas who saw her ferociousness Offered her several lime garlands and saluted her. She then became Elumichai B Nayagi( Lime Goddess) and again started living in an ant hill. The ant hill became very huge and the villages who knew about her offered g her Bali on wednedays and also decorated her with lime garlands
AS Time went by the attention of the villagers came down and they started neglecting her. At that time she caused torrential rain on the village which troubled them greatly. Then their village was visited by sage Markandeya who advised them to start worshipping the Goddess again. So in the month of Masi (February-march) on a Wednesday when it was also Amavasya(new moon) , the villages started worshipping her. Then they heard the Goddess assuring them that she would protect that village as well as the seven villages surrounding it.Sage Markandeya also started living in that village.
Once there was huge storm and torrential rain in the village again and those seven villages were about to be drowned by a flood and the lake which was the life line of the village was about to break.. People got scared and approached sage Markandeya who prayed the Goddess to solve their problem.Then Elumichai Nayagi rose from the ant hill and went and sat at the bank of the lake which was about to break. The banks became strong and rains stopped. All the villagers requested the Goddess to stay there itself and she agreed. She from that time was known as “Pidario Echathamman”.. Here echa indicates yAgna and Athuthal means curing. Since she rose up like a flower in the village that village became known as “Alar Mathu” which lated became Alamathi
Pidari sits in a small temple facing the north. There are separate sub temples for Ganesa, seven maids(SAptha kanniyar), Karumari and Durga of anthill in that temple.Tuesdays, Wednesdays , Fridays and Sundays are important in the temple and huge crowds of devotees visit their goddess .
Maha Shivarathri and new year are celebrated in this temple ,. The festival month of the temple is Aadi(July-august). SEvarl festivals take place durig the month. Ear boring , marriages, worship of new Vehicles etc of these seven villages take place only at this temple.
A special worship practiced in the temple is anointing her , offering her pongal on Wednesdays for five weeks.Every time they offer five limes to the Goddess. The priest returns two of them. They then pierce one lime on the spear of the goddess, and cut the other in to two.The juice of the fruit is poured on the Bali Peda of the Goddess and they light two ghee lamps on the lime skins and offer it to the Goddess, On the fifth Wednesday, they make the Goddess wear a lime garland and offer her sweet pongal.Devotees believe by doing this all their problems would get solved. The temple is open every day from 7 Am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 7 PM.