Here there are many shrines dedicated to other deities, of which that
Pathala Srinivasa deserves mention. Payasam and milk are generally offered to him. The
legend goes to say that Patala Srinivasa came down to Kumbakonam from Tirupati and the
story is as follows: -
Devi Lakshmi pretended t have picked up a quarrel with Mahavishnu as
the latter remained quiet when sage Bhrigu dealt a kick on his Vishnu's_ chest which is
the seat of Lakshmi. She left Vaikuntham and undertook a pilgrimage on earth. At last she
came to place called Kollapuram where she decided to stay for some time. She showered her
grace on the king and the people of the place and spent her days in the town.
Lord Vishnu who could not have apeaceful and happy time in the absence
of Lakshmi withhim came to the earth fromVaikuntham and searched for her. When he came to
Tirupati, he met Padmavati whom he married. He took his abode with Padmavati in a mountain
at Tirupati itself. Years passed like this. The time had come for the re-union of
Mahavishnu and Lakshmi and as usual Narada the heavenly ambassador played his role to
bring about their re-union.
First he went to Devi Lakshmi at Kolla- puram and narrated to her about
the marriage of her husband with Padmavati and instructed her to rush to Tirupati
immediately t regain union withMahavishnu. The celestial mischief monger at the same time
went to Lord Mahavishnu also and informed him about the wrathful mood of his consort
Lakshmi and about her coming to Tirupati.
The Saint advised Vishnu to run to Kumbakonam immediately so that
Lakshmi could not trace him out. Mahavishnu did accordingly. He left a form of his with
Padmavati and ran towards Kumbakonam when Devi Lakshmi happened to see him.