In the territory ruled by kings of the Pandya Dynasty, there were 14 sacred shrines of
Lord Siva, which have been visited by the
three great Tamil saints, Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar.
Of these Tirukanapper, which is alsoknown by many
other names such as Dakshina Kalipuram, Jotivanarn, Mandaravanam,
Mokshapradam, Saiva Kshetram, Gandaram, Davasiddhikaram, Devadaru- vanam, Bhooloka
Kailasam, Agastya Kshetram and Maha Kalapuram, is the present Kaliyar Koil.