Madhava is a Vaishnavite shrine. It is
said that Vishnu took the form of aBrahmin
called Setu Madhava and secretly! Loved
Gunanidhi, the daughter of a Pandya king,
and married her. She was supposed to be
the incarnation of Lakshmi. On knowing the
king imprisoned Setu Madhava; but when he came to know that Setu Madhava was none but
Vishnu, a temple was erected by him.
Similarly there is another 1mage of one
bareheaded herbole who each night
destroyed the bridge of Rama when it was
under construction. He was ultimately
detected and arrested by Hanuman. Kala Bhairava, who cut the fifth head of Brahma, had to
do penance by taking a bath at Siva Teertham. A bath at Dhanushkodi is especially
meritorious in May when the sun is in Capricorn or when there is an eclipse.