MADURAI KALIAMMAN TEMPLE
Thottiam is in Tiruchirappalli District in Namakkal route and just half a K.m . from Vanapattarai Ground, here lies the temple A/M. Madurai Kaliamman. This village is called Gowtharasanallur. Buses are available from Tiruchirappalli and Musiri to Thottiyam.
About 500 years back King Esanakarayar ruled this area. Chinnan, a servant who worked in his stable, wants to go to Kali Festival at Madurai. He got permission from the King and he went to Madurai with his “Parai”, a musical drum and stayed at his brother-in-laws houses. Next day he went to Kali temple and began to play “Parai” rhythamically. Goddess Kali admired by the music of chinnan and followed him back to Thottiam and Goddess Kali seated under the “ Vanni” tree. Latter a temple was constructed by Pujankrayar at this place. This temple is surrounded by lush green fields. There is a 3 tier tower, 27 pillar mandapam and a 5 pillar Arthamandapam gives notorious look to this temple. Many beautiful sculptures are carved inside the temple. The name of the Goddess is MaduraiKaliamman and the Thalavirusham is “Vanni” tree.
The festivals are Ani-Thirumanchanam (June-July); Navarathiri- ‘puratasi’ (September); Sivarathiri - ‘masi(Feb-March); Car Festival Traces of a fort and an idol namely called the fort Karuppan are here. At Thottiyam, the Esawari Tank at the Thirupursundari Analadeswarar Temple i.e. the Agni Kund i.e. Brahma Kuda, the Yaha Kund of Lord Brahma in which Lor Siva who came for ‘Thiripurasamharam’ dance. Therefore, this Siva is called ‘Analadeeswarar’. The tributory of Kaveri river flows of the front of the Siva temple here.
VEDANARAYANA PERUMAL THIRUNARAYANAPURAM
Thirunarayananapuram located on the way to Thottiyam in Kattuputhur road with a de-tour of 2 Kms near Arasalur in Tiruchirappalli District is connected by bus from Tiruchriappalli and Musiri. The A/M Vedanarayanaperumal temple is also called Sathurvedimangalam and Vedapuri.
This is an very ancient temple with additions constructed during Nayak period in the 15th century. This temple has two prakaram and has two main shrines for Permual and Thayar. There is also a separate shrine for Goddess Saraswathi.
In the Sanctum God Perumal is reclaning on Athiseshan and the Four Vedas are used as pillars by the God. Sridevi and Boodevi are near the God. This temple is considered to be an important one as Lord Perumal is advising Bramha.The name is considered to be an important one as Lord Perumal is advising Bramha. The name of the Theertham is Cauvery and the Thalavirusham is Vilva Tree.
The festivals are Bramotchavam for eleven days during the vaigasi (May-June); Navarathiri Urchavam for nine days during puratasi (September-October); Vaikunda Eakadesi festivals for 21days during margazhi (Dec-Janauary); Masi Magam during masi (Feb-March). Besides this, there are many festivals also celebrated in this temple.