11th December 2017.
Had been to my native in connection with a personal work and during spare time went to this Sri Kundathu Kali Amman temple near Erode on the banks of river Bhavani. This Amman is a Kula Theivam to my in laws. An old custom is being followed in marriages of our Community. We belongs to Kuruppa Nadu ( During Chozha period Kongu mandalam was divided in to 24 nadus and one such nadu is the Kuruppa nadu ). The near by nadu is the Kanchi Koil Nadu. Mainly marriages will be held between these two nadus and occasionally with other Nadus also, But not within the same Nadu. Within the same nadu the boys and girls will become brothers and sisters.
Iraivi : Sri Kaliyamman
Some of the important details are as follows...
The temple is small facing east with a palipedam, deepa sthambam and about 40 feet length kundam ( used for fire walk during annual festival) are in front. The temple’s arch is on the road side.
The sanctum sanctorum consists of a sanctum and a mandapam. Amman is in sitting posture with damaru and soolam in the upper hands and lower hands are in abhaya and vara hastham. In the prakaram sannadhi for Vinayagar and on a common platform Valli deivanai Samedha Subramaniyar, Two ammans and Manikavasakar ( What is the connection of Manikkavasakar, one of the 63 nayanmars is not known?).
Annanmar Periyannan, Chinnanan, Nalla Thangal, Saptha mathas, Karuppanna Swamy are on the left side of the main sanctum with a separate entrance. It Seemas the regular Nallathangal story is not applicable here and Periayyanan hols a parrot in his hand and the real story is not known. ( During annual festival goats are sacrificed for Karuppanna Swamy ).
Annual festival is conducted during the months of March-April. The temple control was handed over to Tamil Nadu HR&CE Department, due to conflicts between two sections of the Community.
Regular poojas are conducted on Tuesdays and Fridays. Pooja will be conducted throughout the day on No moon day.
Poojari ( An engineer turned poojari )Kannan may be contacted for further details on his mobile 8903274051.
HOW TO REACH:
About 2 KM from Thalvaipet and about 5 KM from Bhavani, near Erode.
Nail cheppal used during the festival
Kali relief on the Deepa Sthambam
Periannan and Chinnanan
Painting on the wall (If any body knows this story may please explain)
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