Thursday, 7 September 2017

Salty Mud Is Offered As Sacred Prasadam To Devotees - Sri Pidari Chellandiamman Temple - Oruvandur, Namakkal

The two younger sisters of Chelliamman of Madurai and Kali wanted to decide the place they wanted to live. They decided they would hit a ball each and wherever the ball falls they would have their temple there. The ball hit by the eldest sister fell in Oruvanthur, the ball hit by the younger one fell in Paranthadi and the ball hit by Kali fell in Thottiyam, Because of that the elder sister became Oruvanthur Pidari, the second one became Panathadi Periya Kandi Amman and Kali became Thottiyam Madurai Maha Kali.

Sri Pidari Chellandiamman
Sri Pidari Chellandiamman
The Oruvanthur Pidari took the shape of a golden ball in a place where salt was manufactured. Those people thought that it was an ordinary ball and put it in a pot. The Ori king who came to know about it somehow, along with a poet called Parana came there and a young girl also came there in search of the ball.

When king asked the salt manufacturers about the ball the young girl claimed the ball belonged to her. The salt manufacturer told, that any one of them who tells exactly where the ball fell can claim it. When the girl told the exact spot, the worker introduced his hand in side the pot. The pot had broken at the bottom and the girl also vanished from there. When the king removed the pot, below it was a pretty statue of the Goddess. The poet told that the girl who came there was Goddess herself. That Goddess was named as Chellandi Amman and people started worshipping her in Oruvanthur. In the Sanctum she stands with eight hands holding weapons in the form of killing an Asura. They also sanctified Ganesa, Pattavan Chami, Karuppanna Chami, Madurai Veran, Seven maids, Pechi amman, Chadaichi amman etc.

After they recovered a statue of Goddess Parvathi worshipping Shiva from the temple, Ladies visit the temple and pray for fulfilling their wants. Near the sanctum there is a depot like structure and the salty mud from the depot called “Uppiliyan thittu Uppuman” is given to devotees as Prasad. People believe if it is applied over the body, the metal and physical diseases would be cured. Devotees pray for getting married, and getting children and Anoint the Goddess and present her with Silk saris. In the month of Margazhi there is a festival in the temple called Vel thiruvizha. In the month of masi the founding day of the temple is celebrated for 15 days. In the last Friday of Adi month the Goddess is anointed with 1008 pots of milk.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM To 11:00 AM
Evening Timings : 04:00 PM To 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

The temple is situated 5 km from Mohanur which is 23 km from Namakkal.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Pidari Chellandiamman Temple,
Oruvandur,
Namakkal,
Pin Code : 637 015,
Tamil Nadu.

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