was desecrating the yaga, a peahen got injured and it
immediately ran to Parvati Devi and took refuge under her. After everything was over,
Parvati Devi repented very much for having disobeyed the Lord. To wash off the sin, she
entered the fire. At the time of entering the fire, she was thinking about the peahen to
which she gave refuge and so in the next birth she took the form of a peahen and came to
The Devi conducted penance for many years and at last attained re-union with Lord Siva.
Hence the place came to be known as Mayuram or Mayavaram (Mayuram means peahen). The Lord
of the temple came to be known as Mayuranatha. The other names by which this place is
known are Sudavanam, Sikliandipuram, Brahmapuram, and Brahmavanam etc. The Devi is known
as Abhayapradambika, Abhayambika, Anjalanayaki, Anjalai, etc., meaning one who gave refuge
to the peahen.