Background

The area around the place where we see the Nithyakalyani Ambal temple now, was once upon a time, a "Bilwa" tree forest. The legend goes on like this: The King of Ayodhya Sree Dasaratha Maharaja was moving through the length and breadth of Bharath and praying at almost all the temples spotted by Him for getting his progeny. Thus he chanced upon the "Bilwa" forest in Kadayam, and while moving into the forest, he found a "Suyambu Lingam" and prayed to Lord Shiva. Thus this Lord was named as "Bilwa Vana Nathar" i.e. Lord of Bilwa forest. This name over a period of time became Sree Vilvaranyeswarar and his consort Nithya Kalyani Amman. There are stone inscriptions, which say that Nayakar's of Madurai developed the temple. Vilva tree is sthala vruksham and theertham is Chakkra theertham, around three hundred years old. If one breaks the Vilva fruit from the sthala vruksham, one can find a Lingam shaped formation inside, which cannot be seen in any other Vilva fruit. The temple is one of the Thevaara Vaippu Sthalam of Lord Siva. The main Raja Gopuram is seven storeys with three prakarams. It is said that the Peetam is a Dharani Peetam.


It is said that Goddess Nithya Kalyani was very powerful and the poojas performed in the temple during earlier periods were not perfect as desired by the Goddess. This led to lot of mis-happenings, resulting in the people staying away from visiting and praying at the temple. A Brahmin from Sringagiri who was well versed with Veda did santhi i.e. propitious ceremonies for the Goddess, resulting in some of Her powers passing into the peetam and a new sanctum sanctorium was constructed facing south. The Goddess has been bestowing wealth, happiness, well being and Anantha Kalyana Gunas to the people who worshipped and also those who performed poojas for her. From then on, she came to be known as Nithya Kalyani. (One who bestows well-being to everybody)

 

There is a pushkar on the small hillock known as Sarabanga Mamuni Sunai theertham. There is a Mani mandapam where we see Natarajar with Sivakami Ammai, and also other deities like Sri Chandrashekara and Sri Soundra Nayaki, Sri Dakshina Moorthy, Somaskanda Murthy. The inscriptions on the temple walls say that Parivaara Devadhas were installed in the year 1216 AD. The temple is still older and finds a mention in Kapila Puranam. Sage Sundaramurthy Nayanaar has sung a Couplet in praise of the deities.
 
Arulmigu Thalaimalai Ayyan Temple

The history about Arulmigu Thalaimalai Ayyan temple is that whenever the village faced water famine, days without rain, vedic scholars used to do "varuna japam" sitting inside a big vessel filled with water within the temple precincts. The rain God used to bestow his blessings by pouring rain abundantly. This temple being open-to-sky from time immemorial and situated in the forest (about 7 kms. outside village limits) several wild animals used to come inside the temple. On one such occasion, a wild-boar entered when the vedic scholars were chanting "varuna japam". All of them called upon the God by loudly uttering "Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa", at which time the wild-boar became a stone thing. This stone animal can even now be seen inside the temple.

 

Arulmigu Sree Kothandaramar temple was built hundreds of years ago by the Pandia Kings as a memoir for the worship made by the legendary Dasaratha King at the Arulmigu Nithyakalyani Ambal temple. King Dasaratha was praying for a progeny in his family, whereafter he begot the God himself in the form of Sree Ramar. In this temple, the Garuda the "Periya Thiruvadi" (instead of Sree Hanuman), is standing facing the Kothanda Ramar which is quite rare. The perenial river flowing just near Thalaimalai Ayyan temple is also named Rama Nadhi.

 
All the three temples are visited by several families far off places like Salem, Coimbatore as their family deities i.e. Kula Devatha. It is therefore even more fitting for all of us who are Kadayamites, and whose origin is at this village, strive to preserve the sanctity of these temples. This can be achieved by participating in all festivals being celebrated and also by contributing our mite towards repairs, maintenance, and renovation as well as consecration like kumbabhishekams. To channelize these efforts, Kadayam Bhaktha Jana Sabha has been formed, details of which can seen by visiting its web page.
 
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