Vanabadrakaliamman Temple is located on the Mettupalayam – Tekkampatti Road near Coimbatore. Vanabadrakali Amman Kovil is around 5 km from Mettupalayam. Mother Vanabadrakali is a swayambu in the temple. The deity purifies her devotees and has been bestowing their wishes and prayers.
Legend and Stories
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.
The story of Pagasooran
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.
Kala santhi - 06.00 A.M.
Utchikkaalam - 12.00 P.M.
Saayarakshai - 06.00 P.M.
Arthajaamam - 08.00 P.M.
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
Devotees offer silver, gold and cash to the Goddess. They also sacrifice sheep. This is the main prayer commitment of the devotees. This is undertaken on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. About 300 to 400 such sheep sacrifices are done in the temple each month. The annual number of such Kida Vettu-sheep sacrifice is estimated at over 15,000. They also do Annadhanam-feeding.
It is the staunch faith and experience of the devotees that prayer to Mother Vana-Badrakalai Amman for total relief from spells and witchcraft never fails and they begin a new lease of life. Realizing their wishes, women use to put their mangal sutras in the hundi. They also hang a stone on the Thothi Maram the sacred tree of the temple seeking 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. Tuesday, Friday and Sunday Rahukala poojas with lemon lamp will bring blessings to women folk. Above all, the temple is known for the sheep animal sacrifice.
How to Reach Vanabadrakaliamman Temple
Nearest Airport is at Coimbatore.
Nearest Railway Station is at Mettupalayam.
Bus facility is conveniently available to Mettupalayam from Coimbatore. Town buses are available to reach the temple. Autos or taxis also can be hired.
Mettupalayam - 5km,
Coimbatore - 43km,
Sathiyamangalam - 51km,
Tiruppur - 59km.
Nellithurai Road, Nellithurai Post, Amman Nagar,
Coimbatore dist, Thekkampatti,
Tamil Nadu, India, Pincode – 641305.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Jayantii Manggalaa Kaalii Bhadrakaalii Kapaalinii Durgaa Shivaa Kssamaa Dhaatrii Svaahaa Svadhaa Namostu Te
Meaning -We salute the Devi Kali, who is always victorious and always auspicious, we offer salutations to Bhadrakali Devi who wears a skull garland, we salute Shiva's consort and the embodiment of self-control and supports all beings, Devi Durga, who is Swaha as well as Swadha. We offer our salutations to you.
Om Maha Kalyai Ca Vidmahe Smasana Vasinyai Ca Dhimahi Tanno Kali Prachodayat
Meaning -Om the great Goddess Kali who stays in the ocean of life and burial grounds, we focus our energies on you, may you grant us our wishes and bless us
Kaalika Kalahey Gorey Paathuthvaam Parameshwari Mandapey Thathra Mathangi Thatha Sowmya Swayamwarey
Meaning -Let the ever charming, mother of the universe, protect us and stay in this mandap and bestow her blessing on us as mother Mathangi.
Katyayani Mahamaye Mahayoginyadheeshwari Nandgopsutam Devipatim Me Kuru Te Namah
Meaning -Oh Goddess Katyayani, the great vigour of the Lord, the owner of great magical power and the mighty one who controls all, please make the son of Nanda Maharaj my husband. I offer my salutations to you.
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.