Kshetra Palaka to take out the keys and open the temple. When the latter prevented him
from doing so, stating that the child would be safe till next morning, the priest did not
pay heed to his words and insisted on opening the temple immediately. Thereupon, Kshetra
Palaka became vexed and threw the child outside the temple. The priest could not bear this
sight and wanted to take revenge on Kshetra Palaka.
As the priest was a great devotee and a learned man,he cursed the Kshetra
Palaka to lose his honor partly, and the power thus drawn by him was preserved in the rock
near-by. This rock is known as Kshetra Palaka stone and can be seen even today. There is a
legend stating that once Lord
Siva performed penance in honor of Vishnu and was posted as
Kshetra Palaka in this temple by the latter.
There is a shrine dedicated to Andal. When the marriage
festival of Sundararaja is celebrated, He gives darsan with Sri Devi, Bhoo Devi,
Andal. This festival is a very beautiful sight.
There is another shrine dedicated to Sundareswara who has 16
hands with a weapon in each. He has three eyes and long teeth and is in his Ghora
He is seated on a hexagonal Yantra.