|A fierce battle
took place between the King and the Asura in which the latter was defeated and finally
killed by Indra. After the battle, King Muchukunda. Offered prayer and pujas to Lord Siva.
The Lord appeared before him and asked him to build a temple for Him at Tiruvarur. When
the King was about to return to his capital, he requested Indra to give him the
Somaskandamurti that he was keeping with him and worshipping daily.
Indra, not willing to part with this idol, decided to present to the
King six other idols similar to the Somaskandamurti and placed them before the King with
the real Murti amongst them, for selection. Then Lord Siva, without the knowledge of
anybody, helped the King to select the real Murti. Indra gave the other six idols also.
Muchukunda then returned to his capital with the idols.