Miracle of Shanmuga Image:
principal image of Shanmuga worshipped now in the temple
surprisingly has a fascinating tale to narrate. It was in 1648. when
Europeans were trying to entrench themselves in this land. Being
aliens, physically and spiritually too, they underestimated the
divinity abiding in holy images, and sanctity pervading the places
of worship. A certain Dutch plunderer presuming the charming image
of Shanmuga made of gold managed to dismantle and carry it with him
in his ship. Who could have aided him in that atrocious sacrilege?
Who else, if not those blackguards, whose access to it was
lepers as they were, they assisted him in handing over that sacred
icon and his sailing in the night. But how far! Before the temple
tower vanished into the horizon, there arose a terrible hurricane
which soon developed into a dreadful storm. All on a sudden at it.
From where it originated, and at whose bidding are a mystery to the
commoners; isn't it? And look, that frightful one tossed the ship
terribly and threatened to sink it at once. Would desecration ever
escape due punishment by flying or floating? No, it sinks only.
There was panic. His supporters and henchmen shivered all over and
started counting seconds.