to Tiruvadanai temple, it is said in
the legend connected with the origin of the
shrine that Sage Durvasa cursed Varuni, the son of Varuna, to be transformed into the body
of an elephant having the head of a goat. With the mouth of a goat, the body of an
elephant cannot be sustained. Varuni
experienced terrible hunger, which could not be satisfied through the little mouth.
To get rid of the curse of having such a large
figure with terrible hunger, never to be appeased, he had to come for penance at the
shrine at Tiruvadanai temple of Adi Ratneswara.