ancient temple has a long legend and is associated with many Saiva
saints and their miraculous powers. It is here the Sunda and
Upasunda, the formidable demons obtained rare boons from the
Presiding deity Lord Siva and to destroy and rid of their
atrocities, Devendra sent Tilottama, the court dancer, who by her
infinite charms accomplished the Daivakarya. And in this divya Saiva
dharitri, once the illustrious Saiva saint Sambandar revived the
dead youth at the tearful appeal of an unfortunate young widow. This
episode was witnessed by
Lord Siva and blessed all, and hence He was named approximately
Saksheeswarar. Its historic importance was attested by the Chola
king Kulothunga I. It also witnessed the historic battle fought
between Pallava and Pandyan kings; and that scene of action is now
Vinayaka of this holy place is not made of stone, but of some sea
products, which do not stand daily bath; so once a year the idol is
given Madhu abhishekam - pouring of honey over it. And it is
believed that this august Vinayaka saved the world from Pralaya
once, and hence the name Pralayankatha Pillayar. The Vinayakar and
Subrahmanya along with Lord Siva are deemed very powerful gods.
Unending streams of Duhkartis seeking boons visit this place
throughout the year and they are relieved of their worries. Devotion
never goes un-rewarded, nor the gods deviod4ddiscretionary powers.
They only await the visit of ardent asthikas for grant of boons.
lies 8 km of Kumbhakonam commanding all transport facilities.