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THE WRATH OF A SIDDHA
God ShivaThe legend associated with Kaduveli Siddha and the Temple at Irumbai is quite different from any other Temple legend in the history of Temple lore. Irumbai, Kottakarai and Edayanchavadi are villages in Auroville.

The sanctum sanctorum of the Temple at Irumbai, it is believed, dates back to more than 2000 years. Thirugnana Sambandhar, one of the three famous Tamil Saivite saints, in his collection of songs, Thevaram sings of Mahakaleswara, the presiding deity of the Irumbai Temple and the goddess Kuilmozhi Ammai. In a language that is at once beautiful and symbolic, the saint depicts the Irumbai Temple and its surroundings by mentioning the lotus ponds and the thick forests surrounding the village. But such alluring scenery does not exist today for Thirugnana Sambandhar lived some 12 to 14 hundred years ago.

Time changes and prompts everything else on earth to undergo change. The Chola Kings and then the Pandya Kings renovated the temple and constructed as many as seven outer walls. A large statue of Pillaiyar, one time incumbent of the Temple, today sits in the village itself. What still exists is the courtyard of the first of the seven walls and the Temple in ruins can be seen at the entrance of Irumbai village.

That is all about the Temple. And now to the legend.

Some four to five centuries ago, a yogi named Kaduveli Siddha lived in that area. His songs on the art of controlling anger are quite well known among the Tamil-speaking people. One can find his wood-paneled Samadhi on the road from Edayanchavady to Pondicherry.