After his death
the linga however disappeared into the earth. Then his son Muchukunda offered
similar prayers to Siva and got a second linga, which too disappeared in course of
time. Centuries passed. The third Shivalinga was handed down to Satasoman, a
king of Mushaka (Kolathunad) dynasty who then ruled the region. He was an ardent
devotee of Siva. On the advice of sage Agastya he prayed to Lord Siva who granted him the
Shivalinga. The king installed it in the present temple built by him.
Sri Rama's visit
Sri Rama on his returns from Lanka after annihilating Ravana and other Rakshasas Rested
herewith his entourage. He offered prayers to Parameswara from the mukhamandapa in
front of the sanctum sanctorum. Even today no one is allowed into this namaskara
mandapa and offer prayers, which is permitted in other temples for Brahmins.