is one school here with boarding and lodging facilities, conducted solely for teaching the
Vedas. There are many Vahanams, some of which are made of silver. At the time of Canatic
War, which took place in the 18th century between the British and the French, this temple
and Lord Ranganatha's temple at Srirangam were used as forts.
Once, there was a cook in this temple named Kalamegam. He was an ardent devotee of Siva.
One day, when he was sleeping within the temple premises, Devi
Akhilandeswari appeared before him and spat into his mouth the betel that she was
munching. The cook immediately obtained
wisdom and went into poetic raptures. Later, he became a very great Tamil poet and earned
a name as Kavi Kalamegam.
There are lands, buildings and groves belonging to this temple, which fetch an annual
income of Rs. 10,000/- to the Devasthanam; the Hundi collections and other donations
exceed Rs. 20,000/-
and the value of Vahanams, jewels and cars is estimated at Rs. 1,50,000/-. It is said that
this place was visited by the three
great Tamil saints Tirunavukkarasar, Sambandar and Sundarar and by Adi