Main God :
Arulmigu Vana Badrakaliamman
Arulmigu Vanabadrakaliamman Temple,
Devikottam, Thekkampatti, Nellithurai (Post),
Mettupalayam – 641 305.
Tamil Nadu, INDIA.
Adikundam grand festival is celebrated every year. It begins on the 1st Tuesday of Aadi month with the festival of offering flowers. On 2nd Tuesday Pookundam festival will be celebrated. The festival ends with Pooja on 3rd Tuesday. Special poojas will be conducted during Aadi ammavasai and Monthly ammavasais. Some of the important festivels celebrated in the temple are :
• Chithirai kani (Tamil New Year)
• Aadi pathinettam perukku.
• Saraswathi Pooja.
• Thirukarthigai festival.
• Thiruppalli Eluchi. (Margazhi month)
• Thai Pongal.
• Maha Shivarathiri
Workship Timing :
Temple is being kept open for worship from – 6.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M. on all days (everyday)
and on Amavasai days kept open from – 5.00 A.M. to 8.30 P.M.
Goddess Vanabadrakali Amman is a swayambumurthi. Realizing their wishes, women use to put their mangal sutras in the hundi. They tie a stone in the sacred tree for child boon. Those starting a trade or beginning marriage proposals use to place white and red flowers in separate packets and seek the permission of the Goddess. If they get the flower of their choice, it means the permission is granted. Above all, the temple is known for the sheep animal sacrifice.
Special Features :
Miracle Based : Mother Vanabadrakali is a swayambu in the temple.
Temple’s Speciality :
Mother Vanabadrakali Amman is a swayambumurthi.
It is said that Aravalli, Sooravalli, Veeravalli along with their 7 Sisters ruled this area long back. They belonged to Reddy Community and were experts in Witchcraft. They were very powerful and were not conquered by any other rulers in that region. Many of them died in the war against these Sisters and some of them were taken as prisoners. The Pandavas and Dhuriyodhanas belong to this Era and were ruling in their own areas.
It was sometime earlier to the Bharatha Yudham that Lord Krishna narrated the details of the Aravalli Sisters, their valor and witchcraft to the Pandavas and requested them to ware war against these Aravalli Sisters. On this, the Bheema (One of the Pandavas) said that he will go and conquer them. He was moving towards this place by crossing so many thick forests. On hearing this news through Naratha, the Aravalli Sisters arranged to defend him by sending Tigers, Bears and Boars by using their witchcraft. But, Bheema beat them with his Thandayutham. He also overcame the witchcrafts by destroying them. Thereafter there was a competition in between Bheema and the Aravalli Sisters and Bheema was defeated and taken as a prisoner and was put in prison. Bheema returned and informed all about Aravalli Sisters to Pandavas. On knowing Bheema’s escape from the prison, the Aravalli Sisters sent a letter to Bheema criticizing his cowardly escape from the prison. The Pandavas discussed in detail and came to a conclusion that “Allimuthu”, son of Sanghavi, their sister is the most suitable person to conquer these Sisters and deputed him for the war. On his way, Allimuthu arrived at the VanaBadraKaliamman Temple and offered prayer and prayed for her blessing to win over the Aravalli Sisters. The Goddess Vanabadrakaliamman gave him a sword and Thiruneeru and blessed him for success. He fought a tough war and won over the Aravalli Sisters.
The Aravalli Sisters after suffering a defeat wished to win over him by adopting a different tactics. They begged him to pardon them for all their misdeeds and offered one of their daughter “Palvarisai” to Allimuthu as a gift of war and requested him to marry her. Allimuthu also accepted her and said that he will return back to his place and get the consent of the Pandavas and others and will marry her. On his way back along with Palvarisai, somehow he forgot the Thiruneeru given to him by Goddess Vanabadrakaliamman. He felt thirsty and fell unconscious. In order to bring back his consciousness, Palvarisai cut a lime given by her mother with powerful witchcraft and gave him the lime juice. On drinking the juice, Allimuthu fell down and died as a result of the witchcraft. Palvarisai was shocked very much on the death of Allimuthu and stood weeping. On hearing the news of Allimuthu’s death, the Pandavas became very angry and started towards Nellithurai for a war against the Aravalli Sisters. Abimanyu became very sad on hearing the news of death of Allimuthu and went to the Heaven and met Indran and with his help brought back the soul.
Allimuthu by putting it in a small locket and reached the place where the body of Allimuthu was kept. The soul merged with the body and Allimuthu got his life back. On hearing the happenings that took place from Allimuthu, the Pandavas started towards Aravalli pattinam and waged a war against the Aravalli Sisters. While nearing the Aravalli pattinam, the Pandavas, sent a request to Vanabadrakaliamman to extend her full help to overcome the war. They got the blessings from her and won the war. Of the seven sisters, one of them escaped and the remaining six were captured. They were put in prison and finally died. The sister who escaped from the war went to Malayala Desham and became Goddess with the name “Kambhalathu Bagawathi Amman”.
On conquering the Aravalli Sisters, the Pandavas visited the Vanabadrakaliamman Temple and offered their prayers and returned to their own place. The Palvarisai was renamed as “Valamma” and got married to Allimuthu. With the blessings of the Goddess Vanabadrakaliamman, the newly married couple lived a happy life for a long time.
A question arises in what way the above story is connected to the Vanabadrakaliamman Temple. People in this area say that there is every connection to this story and the temple. People believe that the Temple in the story and the Vanabadrakaliamman Temple are the one and the same. The Aravalli pattinam was latter called “Nellur” pattinam, located on the west side of Bhavani River. Nellithurai, Nellimalai, Nellur Kaadu, Panjali Kaadu are some of the names of villages in this area which goes to say that there is every possibility that the Aravalli story might have taken place in and around here. There is a place called Aravalli Kottai on the West side of Bhavani River.
Sometime back there lived a monster by building a Fort on the west side of the “Neelamalai”. He was considered equal to Bheema and Dhuriyodhana in strength. He got many blessings and it is not possible to conquer him. He was always hungry and eats a lot. For the foodstuff, he used to trouble the nearby villagers. There was an order by the monster that the villagers should send him a cart full o foodstuff every day. At times, when the foodstuffs brought to him are found insufficient, he will kill the man who brought the foodstuff and bulls of the cart and ate them. The villagers found it very difficult and suffered a lot due to the monster.
On such an occasion, the Pandavas happened to be in that village. On hearing this misery, one day Bheema took the responsibility of carrying the foodstuffs and took the fully loaded cart to the place where the monster was living. By halting the cart at a little distance before the destination, he started eating the foodstuff. On seeing this, the monster became angry and came neared to Bheema with an intention to kill him, without knowing that the man present was none other than Bheema. Bheema prayed to the Goddess Kali and started fighting with the monster. The fight was something like two mountains are dashing against each other and finally with the blessings of Goddess Kali, Bheema won the fight. The Pagasooran was slowly dyeing and his ferociousness came to an end. He realized his mistakes and started weeping. He prayed to the Goddess to forgive him and to bless him with a place in the temple as a security guard. The Goddess conceded his prayer and blessed him. The Goddess also greeted Bheema and disappeared. The villagers were very happy and continued to lead a peaceful life.
With the blessings of the Goddess Badrakali, the Pagasooran became a security guard of the temple and thus the statues of Bheema and Pagasooran were installed in the temple. Devotees who visit the Vanabadrakaliamman Temple used to offer prayers to these two also