Pillayar patti is a small village surrounded by green fields in the Sivaganga region of Tamilnadu state. To reach there I began from Bangalore to sivaganga, a small tinsel town 70 kms away from Madurai.
Have you seen this, my hubby asked? A Cave temple! Enormous beauty with architectural symphony it’s a master piece to know our men’s architectural values. And my family was a good reason for me to visit. Lord Vinayaga is the God of Divine wisdom and knowledge, No temple is there without Vinayaga idol but a separate temple for Vinayaga is only at Pillayarpatti in Sivaganga district Tamilnadu state. This is an ancient cave temple built during the period of Mahendra Pallava over 1600 years ago. Presently, the temple is under the administration of Nagarathar community. There are only four Arjuna kshetras in South India – Tirupudai Marudur in Tirunelveli district, Tiruvudai Marudur in Thanjavur district, Sri Shailam in Andhra Pradesh and Pillayarpatti in Sivaganga district.
Myth of the Temple:
It is said that Vinayagar satisfies the wishes of his devotees like Karpaga vruksham, hence he is also known “Karpaga Vinayagar”. Here Lord Vinayaga is 6 feet tall of in an excavated cave, off of a hill in the precincts of the temple appears with two arms with trunk curled towards his right. Also he is seen seated facing toward North hence called Valampuri Vinayagar and he is seated without Angusapasam, with his legs folded and stomach not touching the Asanam in the form of “Artha Padma” Asanam. One who worships Valampuri Vinayagar will be blessed with all wealth.
The deity of this temple is known as “Marudeeswarar” as Marudha tree is the shtala virutcha, the Temple tree (Botanical name is Termanalia Arjuna)It is said in that Lord Kubher the Lord of wealth has worshipped this temple.
Other popular worshipping here is Devi Kathiyayini amman at this temple for releiving Chevvai dosham for early marriage.
VINAYAGAR CHATURTHI celebrated every year on Aavani is the important festival of this temple. This festival is celebrated for 10 days in a grand manner. The festival begins with Kappukattal (flag hoisting) on the first day, with Vinayagar procession in different vahanams every day for 10 days. Theerthavari is celebrated on the 10th day. During the midday puja, a preparation called Kozhukattai in Tamil/ Modak in hindi in 18 measures of rice and is offered as Nivedhyam. And ended with Five Gods come in procession on gold and silver vahanams at night
Prasadam Speciality on Vinayagar Chathurthi Day:
A single giant Kozhukattai prepared with 18 measures of rice, 2 measures of Til (Ellu in Tamil), 6 measures of Dhal, 50 coconuts, one measure of cow ghee, 100 gms cardamom, 40 kg Jaggery is offered to Lord as Nivedhyam. The whole mixture is packed in a cloth and placed in the big rice basket (Anna Koodai in Tamil) in the temple kitchen. This will then be put into an Anda, big bowl and tied in the kitchen.
This will be boiled for two whole days continuously. Next day after the preparation is cooled; this will be tied to a long wood and carried to the shrine for Nivedhyam and it would be made into pieces and offered to devotees as Prasad.