This describes Muruga as the Lord of Hills. Later in the first century A.D. poet
Nakkirar after due examination of several hill temples, placed Avinankudi, the
place where Muruga set his foot first on leaving Kailas over a petty, yet pretty
quarrel with his parents, as the third in the list of size Arupadaiveedugal of
Muruga. Many literary works of Sangam period contain passages testifying to the
popularity of Muruga and, the spreading of his cult in the south.
It was in the
eighth century when Cheraman Perumal of Kerala kingdom in the throne,
construction programme of temples along with renovation of the existing ones in
collapsing stage was taken up with great religious fervour.