the hill, there are shrines for Siva and Brahma. Old Kotappagudi
lies on the Rudrasikharam, and the new one on Brahmasikharam. With a
view to install Jyothilinga here, Brahma did penance, propitiating
Lord Siva, who blessed him with the fulfilment of desire. And that
is installed on the Brahmasikharam. It is here Dakshinamurti
meditated and gave Brahmopadesam to gods. There is another shrine
called Papavinasanaswamy on the Vishnusikharam. Very near to it lies
a tank that confers merit, if bathed in the month of Maghamasa.
There are many temples to the south of new Kotiswaralayam-one for
Gananatha, another for Salankeewara, and yet one more for
Santanakoteswara. There is a belief current that barren couple beget
children if they offer devout prayers to this deity. Among the holy
traditions observed here, tonsorial operation merits mention, and
after taking bath in the river called Omkar, devotees proceed to
temples to offer prayers.