the two infants were named Virabhadra and Kshetrapala. Later, Virabhdra went to
mount Kailas to be with the Lord, whereas Kshetrapala remained here with
Bhadrakali. Hence a separate shrine for this 12-foot-high image of that great
son, which lies on the north cast side of the entrance. The other goddesses who
also waged a relentless war against Daruka were installed in a separate big
shrine. Here along with the six, there is one more added for MOTHER Kali. Hence
this place is called Saptamatrukas.
The deities are adorned with four arms and
are facing north. They are in sitting posture, and are adored with equal fervour
by the devotees seeing them through the three doors as done in the case of
Anantapadmanabhaswamy temple at Tiruvananthapuram. The Goddess in the Srikoil is
very majestic and is revealing in fierce aspect with eight arms and represents
the Srisakti - the cause of Chaitanya in every object including the highest
divinity. Patibhakti represented by Kannaki adored here along with her material
remains treasured up in a chamber in the Srikoil itself. Now comes the history
and it starts during the golden days of Senguttuvan's imperial power.