|There is the
Sivakarai Tank, the tank dug out by Lord Siva Himself for the benefit of the earthly
beings to wash off their sins. There are other holy tanks also, Dikpalaka,
Dakshinapinakini, Kedila, Palodai, etc.
Nearabout these Teerthams, there is a forest known as Kannivanam (Kanni means virgin and
Vanarn means forest), where the Virgin Mother had to undergo penance and wherein the
shrine of Lord Pataleeswara is situated. Devotees, who worship in the temple after taking
bath in the above tanks, attain salvation.
When Suta Muni said that Goddess Mother Uma had to do penance at Kannivanam, it aroused
curiosity in the minds of the sages to know the reason why Goddess Mother had to come to
the earth for meditation. Suta Muni narrated the incident.