holy Saiva kshetra in addition to housing a highly renwoned
Sivalinga is enshrining a ten-foot-high image of Aghoramurti, one of
the Panchamurtis of Siva in a separate shrine. It is largely visited
and passionately adored. It is a fine piece of sculpture displaying
amazing features and dreadful gestures of Siva that strike terror
into the minds of viewers. According to legend, it is this form of
Siva called Aghora Virabhadrar that killed Viramarthandan, one of
the terrible asuras born to Athithi, the wife of Kasyapa maharshi.
According to legend, Devas born to another wife called Dithi were
always scoring victory over the asuras, their step-brothers. On the
advice of Sukracharya, Veera Marthandan, one among the demons did
penance and got countless boons from Brahma. Soon he created hell in
Bhuloka. The victims - suras and manavas prayed to Siva to put an
end to the atrocities of demons. Siva in the aspect of Aghoramurti
accomplished their request. It is believed that this event took
place here. Hence a grand Tirukkovil.
lies 3 km off Poompuhar, the erstwhile renowned harbour, where
Kovalan and Kannaki lived and brought undying fame to Bharata Khand.
It is accessible from Sirkah and Mayuvaram by four wheelers.