Sadaiudayar Temple, Pappankulam, Kallidaikurichi, Thirunelveli
Sadaiudayar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Sastha located at Pappankulam Village near Kallidaikurichi in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. Lord Sadaiudayar, the presiding deity is the Kula Deivam (family deity) of a select set of Hindus mainly from Southern Tamilnadu. This temple is mainly patronized by the matrilinear descendants of the Ettu Pillai Kootthar (family of the 8 sons). The temple has a humble appearance and is called Kudusai, which in Tamil means "hut". The offerings to this temple are rice and coconut and no cooked offering is permitted.
The temple of Sri Porsadayachi and Sri Sadaiudayar Sastha is situated right in the middle of paddy fields. Mother is called as Porsadayachi aka Raja Rajeshwari. Women and girls are not allowed to enter into the temple. It is not a temple built according to the Agama Sastras. There is no flag mast or prakarams. No Utsavam is performed or festival celebrated but has a moving tale behind its origin. When a Brahmin was taking his daughter home for delivery, she gave birth to a child here helped by Sastha himself playing the role of a harijan midwife.
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The temple is situated amidst paddy fields surrounded by hills in a picturesque village named Therku Pappankulam near Ambasamudram. The temple is not built based on Agama Sastra. Hence, it does not have tower, Bali peetha or flag staff. The Sanctum Santorum houses four deities: Raja Rajeshwari under the five hood snake; she is also called as Porsadayachi. Sadaiudayar Shasta in the form of Bala jadadhaari - a rare form to find him in the standing posture and with beard; he is holding a stick. Other two deities are Durga Parameswari and Kali. The entrance of the sanctorum has an idol of Lord Ganesha.
Outside the main shrine, there are three sub-shrines for the following guardian deities:
· Periya Madaswamy aka Veerabhadra holding sword
· Nalla Madaswamy aka Bhairava who is found with a dog as his 'vaahana' (mount)
· Chinna Madaswamy aka Agora Bhadra holding sickle
This temple can be accessed by auto from Kallidaikurichi, which is near Ambasamudram, about 1 hour drive from Thirunelveli. Kallidaikurichi is located on the Southern bank of the river Thamirabarani at about 12 Kms West of Cheranmahadevi, 8 Kms from Veeravanallur, 4 Kms from Ambasamudram, 43 kms from Thirunelveli, 210 Kms from Madurai and 147 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is located very close to the bus stop. Nearest Railway Station is located at Ambasamudram. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.