A large number of devotees from across the central districts participated in the annual Perunthiruvizha car festival of the Arulmigu Madura KaliammanTemple, Siruvachur near here on Thursday.
This temple with a hoary tradition is situated at the foothills of the Periasamy hillock. Sri Adi Sankaracharya is believed to have visited and prayed here. The location of the temple is believed to be the place where Kannagi, the idol of the Tamil epic Silappathikaram, returned from Madurai. According to tradition, Chelliamman was a local deity of Siruvachur. Her powers became delimited by a tantric. Mathura Kaliamman happened to visit the place seeking shelter from Chelliamman. Mathura Kaliamman did away with the tantric and saved Chelliamman. Chelliamman moved to the Periaswamimalai, requesting the latter to stay in Siruvachur.
The devotees pulled the car at about 9 a.m. after special prayers. The car was pulled through the car streets. The festival commenced with poochorithal on May 14 followed by Kapppukattudhal on May 21.
The processional idol of Sri Ambal was taken out daily. The festival comes to an end on June 3. This is one of the important occasions when the temple remains open daily. The temple is normally open for public darshan on Mondays and Fridays, besides new moon days.