அருள்மிகு மிளகு பிள்ளையார் திருக்கோயில்
Origin: Well noted for his ancient origin, the temple was established before 1000-2000 years.
Pepper Pillaiyar Temple (மிளகு பிள்ளையார்)
Worship Specialty: The farmers during deficiency of rain, worship their Rain Deity, the statue of god Pillaiyar (பிள்ளையார்) is anointed by coating his body with pepper paste or powder (மிளகை அரைத்து தேய்த்து) and then cleaned by pouring water. The holy pepper water flowing from his body is made to flow towards the Canal – Kalvoi (கால்வாய்) – close to the temple. Thus the people believed for the rain to come.
After gratifying their desire, (falling of rain) the farmers offer things or food to the people as a source of joy.
Pepper Pullaiyar Temple (மிளகு பிள்ளையார் திருக்கோயில்)
In the book Deivathin Kural (தெய்வத்தின் குரல்) by Kanchiperiyavar (காஞ்சிப்பெரியவர்), a Mumbai – Kalbadevi – Printing press “Nirnaya Sagar” (நிர்ணயஸாகர்) took two of the chapters – Prasina Lekamala (ப்ராசீன லேகமாலா) and Thamira Sasanam (தாமிர சாசனம்) – and combined to form a book called “Kaviamala” (காவ்யமாலா). In which the story behind the Kalvoi (கால்வாய்) – Canal – is also portrayed here.
Also in year 1916, the government had released a document in which the story behind Pepper Pullaiyar has been point out in page 367.
History: There was a king in Kerala who suffered from uncured disease. One night, he had a vision Where God said “King the only way you to be heal is that you have to construct a sesame doll (எள் பொம்மை) of your size (made of Sesame seed) and put a diamond inside the size of a Tuardal – Red Gram – (துவரம்பருப்பு). Then transform your disease to the sesame doll and present it to a Brahmin guy, thereby your disease will switch over to the Brahman guy”.
The king made a doll as god foretold in his vision. But no Brahmin was ready to take the doll, finally a Brahamachari Brahmin from Karnataka came forward and received the doll from the king. As soon as the doll came in Brahmin’s hand the doll got alive. The living doll asked the Karnataka brahmin “In order to prevent the disease from the king, you give me one part of your Gayatri reward (காயத்ரியின் பலனில்). The Karnataka Brahmin gave the Gayatri reward but he worried for giving it. He got freighted to accept the disease at the same time grieved on giving the gayatri reward. To overcome his mistakes he thought of using the diamond for others use. He can’t guess how to use the diamond; therefore he planned to get advice from Aghathiyar (அகத்தியர்) at Podhigai (பொதிகை) mountain.
Before leaving he gave the doll to keep it safe to a trustful Andhanar (brahamin) [அந்தணர்] at Ambasamudram and would take back after meeting Aghathiyar.
Knowing a Karnataka Brahmin guy coming to meet, Aghathiyar gave more tests and challenges on the way, but the Brahmin overcame all the tests and struggles and reached the place. Aghathiyar was proud of him and agreed to give whatever his asks.
The Karnataka Brahmin said all the details about the sesame doll…
Aghathiyar said “ My son the greatest donation is the water donation (தண்ணீர் தானம்), when you walk down the mountain steep, you will see a cow, catch the cow tail and walk behind tracing the way, this is the way-mark that the Kalvoi (Canal) should be constructed.
Where ever the cow puts its dung construct a small dam there, Where ever the cow urinates construct a bridge there, Where ever the cow sleeps construct a pond there.
At a certain distance the cows will stop and would vanish – dig a Kalvoi up to that, and with the remaining water construct a pond at the end said Aghathiyar.
After getting the solution, the Brahmin came back to Andhanar to receive the doll and the diamond inside, but Andhanar deceit the Brahmin by placing dal instead of diamond. The Karnataka Brahmin was shocked on seeing dal, he ran to the king for being betrayed by Andhanar. The king was pleased to see the Brahmin who cured his disease and was proud for his thoughts. He called Andhanar and asked to give oath in front of Sivaliar (Sivan temple) [சிவாலயத்தில்]. Andhanar on taking false oath was burned alive.
Later the Karnataka Brahmin got the diamond, the place where he found the cow is Cheranmahadevi (சேரன்மகாதேவி). In earlier days Cheranmahadevi, Ambasamudram rural areas where part of Kerela. Some believed that Aghathiyar himself was in the form of a cow. The Brahmin then constructed the Canal, dams, bridges, pond and finally the lake at PRANCHERY (பிராஞ்சேரி) where the cow vanished . Once could see the lake even today which is so vast like a sea. Unknown is the Brahim’s name, as the saying goes “Greats don’t reveal themselves what good they have done” (மக்களுக்காக நல்லது செய்பவர்கள் தங்கள் பெயரை விளம்பரப்படுத்துவதில்லை).
Hence the people named the Kalvoi with his native language Kannada as “Kannadiyan Kalvoi” (கன்னடியன் கால்வாய்). After the construction of the Kalvoi the Karnataka Brahmin worried and prayed the water should flow in the Kalvoi – Canal – throughout the year. Things happened worse as expected by the Brahim, there was no rain for three years and the Kalvoi dried lack of water. He built a Pulliar temple close to the canal and worshiped the god Pullaiyar by anointing his body with pepper paste and cleaned by pouring water that was made to flow towards the Kalvoi, the heavens were opened, and the rain poured on………
Still now the people, mainly the farmers of Cheranmahadevi follow this way of worshiping during the time of drought.
He also fulfilled the needs of the poor people of Polikarai and Karukurichi by donating 30 acres of irrigation land closed to the canal.
Besides this he also gave alms to the poor priests and the needy, by conducting an (Annathanam – அன்னதானம்) Annathana Sathiram (அன்னதான சத்திரம்) further called as “Kannadian Sathiram” (கன்னடியன் சத்திரம்). But his wish could not be continued due to economic issues.