sports defy analysis and description. One such sport was played here
by Lord Siva. Legends recorded that Mother Parvathi did penance for
nine days in the month of Adi for the boon of seeing Siva and Vishnu
in one and the same body. On the full moon day, Lord Siva appeared
before her in the Sankaranarayana form to fulfill her desire. She
was pleased and adored Him to her heart's content. Temples were
built by the ruling princes, realizing the sacredness of the spot.
And bhaktas are being blessed since then. Now there are three
temples one for Sankaranarayanar, another for Gomati Amman, local
name for Mother Parvathi and the last one for Siva in lingakara. It
is a Harihara kshetra of great importance. To perpetuate that great
event, every year a festival called Aditapas is celebrated with
great eclat. Belief is current that the Mother cures all kinds of
chronic diseases, if the victims fast and pray at the feet of the
Mother with pure devotion.
lies at a distance of 55 km to Tirunelveli, commanding all types of