12th November 2016.
MENHIR AT KUMARIKAL PALAYAM
After Kodumanal, our next visit was to Kumarikal Palayam, about 9 KM from Kunnathur towards Pallagoundampalayam after Karumanchirai. This was my second visit along with M/s Srinivasan, Raja and Gowthami. ( Details of my first visit CLICK HERE )
The menhir is 30 feet tall and originally it was 35 feet and 5 feet was broken, few years before. And below the ground at-least it must be minimum 10 to 15 feet to support this 35 feet menhir. It is a wonder how the Iron age people cut the rock in the form of slab and erected with out using the modern equipment.
SRI ANGALAMMAN TEMPLE
This temple is on the way to the highest menhir at Kumarikal Palayam. A small temple constructed for the village deity Sri Angalamman. The temple is facing North, which is rare. In the sanctum only two stones are installed and the people worships as Sri Angalamman also called as Kotravai.
Lot of soolams are kept in the sanctum offered by the devotees. As per locals the Amman is very powerful. Annual festival used to celebrate during Chithirai month ( June- July ). During the annual festival goats and cocks are sacrificed to this Amman. As per the local lady, Amman used to come on a Girl, who was not married and drink the raw blood of the sacrificed goats offered to Sri Angalamman. Also there will be a solution for everything from Sri Angalamman, like, Marriage obstacles, child birth etc. After fulfilling their wishes, the devotees used to offer male, female and crawling child statues made of mud. ( சுடு மண் பொம்மைகள் ).
Offerings to Amman - சுடுமண் பொம்மைகள்
During summer water in the wells dried up, the water used to come in this natural ponds for conducting abhishekam to Amman is a miracle.
.... to be continued ( Vijayamangalam)
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---