Sri Ramalinga Sowdeswari Amman
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According to the Devanga Purana, Sage Devala is the progenitor of the Devanga community. Devala emerged from the heart of Lord Shiva to create clothing and to teach weaving to the world. Devala Maharishi was the first person to weave cotton cloth and was also the first to give the cloth to Lord Shiva, who had been using animal skin until then. When Devala was taking the cloth to the king, demons came to attack him. Goddess Chowdeshwari or Sowdeswari (Chamundeshwari is a form of Durga, a warrior Goddess created by Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra to fight the demon Mahishasura), perched on a lion, fought and vanquished the demons so that Devala Maharishi could give the cloth to the king. 
People who follow Devala are known as Devanga or Devangar. Devanga community people celebrate Sri Ramalinga Sowdeswari Amman every 12 years with a big festival ("Thodappam" celebrated by both Telugu Devanga and Kannada Devanga) involving all Sowdeswari Amman temples across India. The upcoming festival in 2019 is planned to be held at the Sri Ramalinga Sowdeswari Amman temple in Jalakandapuram.
Devanaga kula Guru and Peetham (Monasteries)[edit | edit source]
Hampi Hemakooda Gayathri Peetham(Monastery)[edit | edit source]
Sambusailam Gayathri Peetham (Monastery)[edit | edit source]
Devangakula Guru Abbot Chandramouleswara Swamiji sends a prayer to the Gayatri Goddess, at Sambusailam Monastery. It is located on the left side of Erikarai Jalakandapuram Sri Ramakrishna Sowdeswari Amman temple.
Sri Ramalinga Sowdeswari Amman Temple[edit | edit source]
The main temple to the goddess Sri Ramalinga Sowdeswari Amman is located in Jalakandapuram which is over 200 years old. It is also called Erikarai Sri Ramalinga Sowdeswari Amman. A temple called Sri Ganesh Mandir is located nearby.
Jagajathara Thodappa (Big festival)[edit | edit source]
There is a five-day long festival in Erikarai Sri Ramalinga Sowdeswari Amman Temple called Jagajathara Thodappa coming up in the month of January 2019. The Maha Kumbhabisekam will be held at the end of 2018.
- Shakti - The first day of the festival held in the village of Jalakandapuram Karattandipatti. It is dedicated to the Goddess Shakti.
- Chamundi - The second day of the festival is held in Jalakandapuram Madakanji. It is dedicated to the Goddess Chamundi.
- Jyothi - The third day of the festival held in Jalakandapuram Lathigaru Kathiyamane.
- Gundam - The fourth day of the festival dedicated to the Goddess Gundam, held in Jalakandapuram Soundappa Chettiyar Kapelaru.
References[edit | edit source]
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