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Thirukaatkarai can be reached from the
Aalavaai - Tiruchur route, about 9 miles from the Irugyalakodi or Angamaali
station in this route.
The Moolavar is Kaatkaraiyappan seen
in standing posture facing south. There is a belief in the region
that this Lord is Vaamanar & hence there is great celebrations here
during Onam festival.
The plantain trees in this thalam
would not yield fruits & the farmer prayed to this Lord & offered
plantains in gold. Ever since there was good yeild of large sweet
plantains & it is beleived that these are the Nendram fruits popular
in Kerala. This gold fruit in the sannadhi went missing & the
farmer doubted and troubled a yogi. But, it was finally found in
the sannadhi itself. The yogi committted suicide & was considered
to be roaming the area as a Brahma Rakshasan. Devotees built a small
temple for the yogi & offered him daily neivaediyam to appease him.
Thaayaar - Perunchelvanaayagi, Vaatsalyavalli.
Theertham - Kabila Theertham.
Nammalwar - 3612-3622.
Total of 11 Paasurams