Thiruvaimoor is another name for this holy kshetra Yettikudi. And as
it was over grown with Yetti trees once, the name stuck to it aptly even
today. It has a fantastic origin, and its growth with the demonstration of
sports by Muruga are imbued with mystery. According to legend one Chola
King by name Mutharayan happened to visit this region once by accident.
Enchanted by the
eyeful sights of green forest blooming with bounteous beauty of colourful sights
decided to settle down here. Accordingly he brought with him several eminent
persons in every walk of life, like artisans, merchants, pundits and priests.
Clearing a part of the forest, he built a grand city for comfortable habitation
of the people, he brought with him. Then started the building of an imposing
temple for Muruga - his ishta daivam. The Mahasilpi entrusted with the task of
making beautiful icon of Muruga, searched for the most auspicious and befitting
stone for months and got it at last.
on the image tirelessly for 12 days, he neared the completion of sculpturing .
the image of Velavan with twelve hands seated on the peacock. Just then, he
noticed perspiration. The work of giving drishti to the peacock was yet to be
done. Fearing that the peacock would run way with Velavan, if sight were to be
given, he arranged to tie the peacock's legs with strong iron chains. Soon after
giving drishti - opening of the eyes, the peacock actually started flying, then
the artist instantly wounded its leg with his sharp chisel. It remained unmoved.
The delighted king and silpi installed the image along with Valli 'and Devasena
in the grand temple completed by then. This powerful Muruga rained boons on the
devotees liberally and so it became a great yatrasthala in a few years. Alas!
its glory departed with the death of that immortal patron-king. Worship-both
daily and yearly was stopped abruptly due to lack of funds. Then again a miracle
happened. One renowned Muruga bhakta amassing wealth by his profession of curing
the effects of sunya and witch-craft financed the temple administration to carry
on the nityanaimithika worship. Thenceforward, several kinds of ritualistic
worship including kavadi is being carried on and it is now a holy Muruga kshetra
throbbing with devotional activities. A visit-worthy kshetra of unparalleled
lies 20 km off Thuraipoondi between Nagapattanam and Millat, accessible by bus.