through the eastern Mahadwara, one sees the Anakottai - elephant shed first. Its
fore is so spacious that it accommodates several elephants to stand in rows
during Utsavas and annual festivals. The 317 foot-tall gold-plated flag staff
gleams next into sight and elevates his soul. The temple tank lies adjacent to
the Uttupura - the feeding shed.
There are some peepal trees in the vast
courtyard. A mini-temple enshrining the Goddesses Vanadurga lies to the southern
tower of the temple, and is called Pananchikkal. She is venerated with great
fervour; for, she has had a grand strange story.
is said that during the days of Vyagrapada Maharshi, there came some calamity to
the people by a certain Yakshi - a Kshudra devatha, who during her nocturnal
rounds terrified humans and beasts alike with her dreadful form. The afflicted
sought the help of Maharshi Vyagrapada, who in turn supplicated lord Ganesh for
benign intervention to warding off the disaster.