awe-inspiring history of the temple dates back to the Tretayuga; and
its glory originates from the inexhaustible devotional springs of
Khara - demon though served that indomitable wicked Ravanabrahma, he
was a Sivabhakta of an exceptional type. Being a domineering general
with unprecedented commandership he was rewarded with a large
territory in Dandakaranya.
And was related to Ravana through his
father. His ardent devotion reached the point of consummation with
obtaining several boons from Lord Siva, propitiated at Chidambaram
at the instance of his Preceptor Malyavan. Among the boons blessed
with, three Siva lingas take precedence over others - they were big
in size and grand in appearance.
For taking them home, he adopted an
odd method-carried one in each hand, and the third in the mouth.
When felt tired on the way he alighted at the spot, where the
Vaikathappan Kovil stands now. After a while, he lifted it but
failed. He found Vyagrapada Maharshi passing that way while
repenting over the predicament. Realising his spiritual wealth, he
entrusted to him the holy work of installing the sacred Sivalinga.