An abode of the Siddhas
It would be no exaggeration to say that the temple is verily a chosen abode of the Siddhas. As a testament to this, the temple houses the Sannidhi of the sacred Mother Mandhira Paaavai, considered to be the prime deity of the Siddhas. It’s believed that a similar temple to Mandhira Paavai doesn’t exist anywhere else in India and, perhaps, the world.
The Mother, along with Her sacred Beeja Yantra, graces the temple with Her blissful presence. The 18 Siddhas who are seated in front of Her are believed to be in a yogic state, meditating upon the Divine Mother. Therefore, unlike all other temples, musical instruments are never played inside the temple premises. No bells are rung during poojas either. The temple always maintains a silent atmosphere which is conducive for meditation and prayer.
It’s believed that when devotees circumambulate the Mandira Paavai Sannidhi, these Siddhas cast their gracious glance and gradually change their lives and take them into their fold.
In addition to the 18 Tamil Siddhas seated before Divine Mother Mandhira Paavai, Annai Aadhi Parasakthi’s sanctum also has four Siddhas consecrated in the four outer corners. Siddhar Thayumanavar is in the South East, preaching Guru Bhakthi; Siddhar Vallalar is in the SouthWest preaching Samarasa Sanmarg, Siddhar Pattinathar is in the North West preaching Gnana Yoga and Pambatti Siddhar in the North East preaching Dhyana Yoga.
The temple is run, for 12 months at a stretch, by one of the eighteen siddhas, in turn.
The audit reports are verified by the Mandira Pavai once a quarter. Unbelievable? But, it is true. The modus operandi is secret.
To redress the grievances of the devotees visiting the temple, various Velvis (Yagnas) are performed. The rules, the mantras and the procedures for performing these Velvis, which were originally translated into Tamil by Korakkar Siddhar, has been adopted and modified and given to us by the Divine Mother accordingly to suit modern times. The rituals and mantras used are in the siddha tradition of worship and are extremely effective. As one follows the procedures as stipulated by the Divine Mother with due faith and sincerity, all dharmic ambitions will be fulfilled.