P.S. Suresh Kumar

Nagercoil: ‘Ayyavazhi,’ a historical film, would be released by April-end, said the film director P.C. Anbazaghan.

Speaking to The Hindu, he said that people of Swamithoppu, a tiny village near Kanyakumari, once invited Ayya Vaikuntar to their village.

He went there and was given a warm welcome and a treat.

Ayya Vaikuntar stayed there for a day and returned to Swamithoppu. He went to a place called Pallam and stayed there for two years. This place is Ambalapathi.

Ayya Vaikuntar was a Shivasorubi at this place. Here, as a Shivasorubi, Ayya Vaikuntar assumed the powers of Parvathi and Bhagavathi. As Lord Muruga,

He assumed the powers of Valli and Theivanai. As Brahma,

He also assumed the powers of Mandaikattal. It was from this place that the devotees took Ayya on horseback to such villages as Kadambankulam and Pambankulam.

Ayya Vaikuntar established nizhal thangals in these villages. Later, at the end of the second year, Ayya Vaikuntar returned to Swamithoppu.

The ambalam constructed by Ayya Vaikuntar was not maintained properly and this ambalam became dilapidated soon. Later, on this very spot the owners of the land constructed a temple and conducted daily panividai.

Now, this is managed by the descendants of the people who constructed the temple.

Car festival

Every year, car festivals are conducted in this pathi. There are many vahanas to carry Ayya Vaikuntar around the temple. This pathi is located ten kilometers south of Nagercoil.

There is a direct bus service from Nagercoil to this place.

This is one of the most important pilgrim centres of Ayyavazhi people. This pathi is also called as Pallathupathi and Mulagundapathi.

Ayya Vaikuntar spent His last six years at Swamithoppu. He lived a normal life.

He had owned fields and groves. He also maintained cattle. Boomadevi known as Poomadanthai was a little girl living at a place near Eathamozhi.

Some devotees wanted to unite this divine couple; but there was stiff opposition from the relatives of the girl.

Poomadanthai was chanting the praise of Ayya Vaikuntar and proved that she was extraordinary.

The shooting took place in Swamithoppu, Chenchi and Chennai. The director recalled one incident when there was heavy rain, he started to take a shot of ‘Ayya’. Once he moved the camera there was no rain.

This is what the divine power of Ayya, said Anbazahgan.

In this film, new faces have been introduced from hero to comedian and also the musician.