Promise kept even after centuries – A village without Liquor shop

via VSK Chennai published on April 24, 2010

Have you ever heard of a village without TASMAC (a government shop selling liquor) in Tamilnadu where every other street sports a TASMAC shop name board? In Aalavillampatti, Kallal Mathakutti Highways, Sivagangai District, no one drinks liquor.  Even outsiders who come to village do obey this village code.  This is because of an incident and the promise made thereafter.  The story goes like this. Centuries back, when a war was going on in Karnataka, people at the bank of river Kaveri wanted to come and settle in Tamilnadu.  While crossing the river, flood occurred suddenly and they were not able to cross the river.  On prayer, Ponnazhagi Devata blessed the villagers by putting up a bridge made up of Vanni tree.  Before putting up the bridge she took a promise that nobody should consume liquor.  Having been rescued by the Devata from danger, they settled in Aalavillampatti.  They kept the promise, engrossed the words in metal “Liquor Prohibited’ in the village.  If any outsider inadvertantly drinks liquor, he is punished and he pays the fine.  Villagers of aalavillampatti have also decided not to take/give dowry during marriages.

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