Situated on the
bank of Adampokki, a tributary of holy Cauvery, visited by Siva Peruman;
eulogised by celebrated Nayanmars; patronised by imperial kings and guarded Bhadrakali
in the role of Kshetrapalaki, this much-hallowed ancient temple has a very long
legend that demands reverent attention and instant visitation to the sannidhi.
The legend begins with killing of Surapadma, the formidable Trilokakanta by
Muruga, the valorous Field-Marshal of celestial army. Shanmuga contacted the
Veerahatya dosha - sin of killing Surapadma, the well-knoll warrior of ineffable
reputation. To get rid of this, he selected this sacrosanct spot for meditation
and cleared the jungle with the help of his courageous and potent Navaviras. And
caused a grand temple built by Deva Dakshan, the renowned architect.
completion, he dug a Pushkarini with his well for sacred bath. He
installed a big Sivalinga in the temple adorned with Pushkala Vimana.
Propitiating Lord Siva, he started his penance with austerity of rare kind.
Realising his penance would be causing inestimable harm to animate and inanimate
world, Nandi tried to disturb and nip it in the bud itself. Murugan also sought
Jaganmata's help to shield the worlds from destruction. As, prayed for, assuming
the role of Bhadrakali she protected the worlds from grave danger of extinction.
Highly contented, Omnicompassionate Siva graced His darsan and burnt to ashes
the much harassed dosha. Lord Siva bade Muruga to abide in this holy place and
assist the devotees in their spiritual progress. And it was accepted. At this
happy moment lord Siva entreated Mother Parvathi to take her seat here in the
name of Bhadrakali and exercise round the clock vigilance over this kshetra. She
obeyed with a smile. So this kshetra houses shrines for the triple deities -
Siva, Bhadrakali and Muruga.