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Ayyanar Temple is a village god of Tamil Nadu which holds a high reverence in the people of south. Ayyanar, the guardian deity, with his retinue of 21 God protects the rural villages from mishappenings. The devotion to village god is even spread to Sri Lanka. Sinhalese also pray the holy deity. The officiating priests derive from local lineage that had initiated the cult many generations ago.

An Ayyanar is represented as a warrior either on foot or on horse with a weapon in one hand. The Ayyanar temple stands out of the expectation of visitors since it is not a typical temple with a roof or building. Upon entrance into Ayyanar temple, one can see many sculptures flanked together in the temple. The village is known for its pottery, tile work and unique spicy food. Ayyanar temple is the most fascinating, spiritual and peaceful sights to experience.

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