powerful goddess is a village deity only, but captured the imagination of the
villagers and town dwellers as well in such a spectacular way that they fall at
the feet of the Mother whenever any thing goes amiss in their daily existence.
There are nearly 32 grama devasthanas in this region receiving reverent adoration
from the unlettered, but this deity has gained entirely a new record. The temple
dedicated to Aidamma lies between two rivulets called Padigadda and Dundhubhi.
The locals narrate that Aidamma was the spouse of emperor Mandhata, and when she
lost her beloved Lord, she turned into a goddess, as evidenced by the tall six
foot high statue in the temple standing for her, says a local with pride. She is
a powerful and omini compassionate goddess giving darsan in dreams to the devout
worshipper on the right occasion, deserving her ministrations. Daily puja was
offend in the past with great devotion. Now the enthusiasm is on the decline.
Only during Sravana masa, a great festival is conducted that attracts huge
crowds. There are exotic stories that the Mother punished the defaulters by
burning of their hay stacks and protected the genuine adores round the clock
like eyes guarded by lashes. Devout bhaktas are offering prayers with due favour.
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