sthalapurana of this hoary temple takes us back to Krita yUga and begins with
Vasishta Maharshi's visiting this divyakshetra and installing a Sivalinga he
made with the milk of Kamadhenu - the celestial cow for worship. After due
ritualistic prayers, he desired to carry this sacrosanct linga to his ashram.
Tried however much, like lifting up or pulling with all his strength to right
and left sides, but it did not come off -found stuck up unshakable
and irremovable. His troubles and hardships went out in smoke. So the place was
appropriately called Sikkal troublesome. Lord Siva, called Venniappan, and the
Goddess, Vel, Nedunkkanni are the deities adored here. A temple later came up,
built by devout kings.
temple is another very popular and famous shrine that came into existence then
and he is adored in the name Singaravelan.
It is a superbly built imposing temple adorned with exquisite sculpture. The
images of the adorers, who were emancipated by the Lord's grace are carved on
the walls along, with the temple's glorious legend. This was munificiently endowed
during the reign of ]adavarman Tribhuvana Chakravarthy by Mahamandaleeswara
called Veerapandian. And Vijayanagara king, too. Inscriptions testify to the
endowments made by them. Amon, the festivals celebrated here Sura Samhara
festival takes pride place and it is celebrated on a grand scale drawing lakhs
devotees. Lord Muruga being accessible easily by pure devotion rewards the
adorers with liberal boons, so there is an unending, stream of adorers throughout
is 4 km off Nagapattanam, the port town, acessible by all kinds of vehicles.