Thursday, September 24, 2009

why the delay?

My blogger stats at says that i am a blogger since 2007 but my post was first published in 2009. Any guesses, why?. Yes, I started in 2007 with the intention of writing travelogues but it never took off that is why my blog title reads my annual visit...

Madhurakali is our family deity and the temple is in Siruvacchur on the chennai trichy highway.

We visit the temple every year either during summer/winter vacation. Legend says that this kali is from Madurai. The unique feature of the temple at Siruvachur is that it is only open for worship twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays and on other special days like Amavasai, Tamil newyear, saraswathi poojai, Diwali, English newyear(1 jan).
The temple itself dates back to the Chola times. The legend goes that the original, main deity of this temple was a Goddess Chelliamman. A sorceror had the powers to control this Goddess and carry out all evil deeds through her..
Kannagi of the chillapadikaram fame had just set the whole city of Madurai on fire as a revenge for the Pandya King who put her innocent husband to death. He was falsely accused of stealing the Queen Manimegalai's anklet.
A furious Kannagi destroyed the city of Madurai in her grief and rage and wandered around the neighbouring country-side. That is when she came into siruvacchur to get some peace of mind. The story goes that Chelli amman sought her help to free herself from the clutches of the evil sorceror.The sorcerer was killed by Kannagi and his powers were destroyed. Filled with joy Chelliamman is said to have handed her the prime position of the main deity to Madura kali. Chelli amman now resides in the nearby periaswamy hillock.However, it is still tradition to perform puja and deeparadhana first to chellayi (towards the hillock). The successors of the Sorceror’s family (called pandarams)have continued as the main priests.
The other speciality of this temple is to light mavillaku.(lamps lit on little mounds of riceflour mixed with jaggery). The temple authorities have made provisions for pounding the rice flour there itself. One has to drape the traditional nine yard madisar and go about pounding the riceflour and then mix the flour with ghee and sugar to make mavilakku.

One has to really visit the temple to experience the vibrations of this temple.

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