the sanctum sanctorum stands the Mahalinga like a huge hill, all glowing with lustre. The
beauty of the tilak and the purity of the white cloth - on the Linga are unparalleled.
There is nothing like this anywhere else in this world. It is unequalled and beyond
description. The Avadayar (the lower broad stone) is 54 feet in circumference and 6 feet
in height and the Banam. (The upper cylindrical stone) is 231/2 feet in circumference and
9 feet high. When the construction of the temple was completed the Adi Saivas
installed the Shivalinga in its place.
When they applied the sacred adhesive paste
generally used for the purpose of cementing Avadayar and the Banam, the paste melted away
and did not bind the two firmly together. The King was much grieved at the mishap. Then an
oracle from the skies was heard to say: "If Karur Tevar comes here, the intended work
will be accomplished".