|About 200 yards
south of this temple, at the seashore, there is a rare natural phenomenon inside a square.
It is a well 14 sq. feet in area and with a flight of 34 steps. Inside this well, there is
another small well, one square foot in extent and seven feet deep. The water in the
smaller well is crystal clear and sweet to taste whereas that in the bigger well is highly
sulphurous in smell and brackish. It is said that when Shanmukhas troops returned to
the shore after vanquishing Surapadman at Mahendragiri, they felt thirsty and wanted fresh
water. To quench their thirst, Shanmukha planted his Vel on this spot and caused
fresh water to gush out.
It is necessary to know
the origin of Subrahmanya, or Muruga, or Shanmukha as he is differently called by his
votaries. The Puranic account runs as follows: