Kailasanathar Temple, Srivaikundam, Thoothukudi – Legends & Religious Significance
As per legend, sage Urosamar floated a set of flowers in Thamiraparani River and the sixth flower reached the shore at this place. The sage established a temple for Kailasanathar. The lingam, the iconic form of Shiva in the temple is believed to an aspect of Shani, one of the planetary deities.
The flagstaff of the temple is believed to have been brought from Devi Kanya Kumari in Kanyakumari. The Nataraja in this temple is called Santhana Sabhabathi (anointed with sandal). The temple forms a series of Navagraha temples in the banks of Thamiraparani River where each of the nine planetary deities are considered to reside in one temple. The temples are classified as Nava Kailasam and the presiding deity of all the nine temples is Kailasanathar.
The temple is associated with the planet Shani (Saturn) and considered sixth in the series of the nine temples. Kumaraguruparar, a saint of the 18th century and who got his speech at Thiruchendur Murugan Temple, was born at this place.