The benign and fierce aspects of the two gods are, perhaps, to emphasize the different
moods of Siva, namely, Vatsalya (love for dependents) and Roudra (fury). It is believed
that the Pratishta itself at Ettumanur is as an Aghora (fierce) murti. Hence he instills
fear and discipline in his devotees. He expects them to be pure in mind, word and deed and
approach him with sincere devotion. There is no room here for hypocrisy or short cuts.
Once a very rich miser opened his moneybag to offer kanikka during
the annual Utsavam. His bag contained several gold and silver coins, and when he
fished, a gold coin ca ' me in his hand. But he thought it was too much. He therefore
dropped it back and picked up a silver coin, which he offered. But when he went back
home the whole bag was missing!