Angala Parameshwari Temple, Erumai Vetti Palayam, Thiruvallur
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
|Locale:||Erumai Vetti Palayam|
Legend / Local stories
In the days of yore there was demon called Mahishasura. He troubled all human kind. But he was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Once he meditated upon Shiva and the lord appeared before him. He asked Shiva that he be bestowed with immortality. Shiva granted him a boon saying that he would be killed by one of four women who enter that village. Mahishasura was elated. He was happy that he would never be killed because he thought that no woman could kill him, a powerful demon.
He went on his rampages with this thought. The people and devas could not tolerate him and went to Lord Shiva for help. Shiva said that it was time that women who were to kill him would soon arrive and that would be the end of Mahishasura. Meanwhile, Rama and Sita arrived in this hamlet during their exile. One day when Rama was doing his penance, Sita was bathing in the river nearby. Mahishasura arrived there and looked at Sita.
Sita was scared out of her wits and she ran to Rama and sat on his lap. Rama came out of his trance and took the dry grass by his side and threw it on all four sides. Out of this grass from all four sides four women emerged. Looking at the nymphs Mahishasura was reminded of Shiva’s boon. The four nymphs who were Angala Parameswari, Ponniamman, Marakalathamman and Kaikathamman, looked at Mahishasura and began following him. The demon was petrified and began to run.
Fearing his life, he took the form of a buffalo and hid himself in the Punyakoti river. Angala Parameswari with her eight hands and seated on a lion took a plunge into the river and killed the buffalo with one stroke from her sword. All the nymphs after the death of Mahishasura then prepared to leave the place. The people and the devas surrounded them and pleaded with them to stay on in their village and bless them.
They accepted and each of the nymphs took their posts in the four different directions of East, west, north and south. Angala Parameswari temple is in the eastern side of this hamlet. It is believed that people affected by black magic come here in droves to get the blessing of the deity as she is believed to cure these ailments.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 750 meters from Erumai Vetti Palayam Bus Stand, 350 meters from Varamuktheeswarar Temple, 1.5 Kms from Bhadrachala Ramar temple, 1.5 Kms from New Erumai Vetti Palayam Bus Stop, 6 Kms from Karanodai, 8 Kms from Cholavaram, 13 Kms from Thamaraipakkam, 16 Kms from Periyapalayam, 17 Kms from Ponneri Railway Station, 23 Kms from Thiruninravur Railway Station, 32 Kms from Thiruvallur, 28 Kms from Chennai and 41 Kms from Chennai Airport. In Calcutta Highway after Toll Plaza, there is a Karanodai over bridge. By the side of the bridge towards left a rough road leads to Erumai Vetti Palayam. Buses are available from Chennai High Court Stop and Koyambedu. Route No. 58 H. Autos are available from Karanodai village.