Makara Nedunkuzhaikathar Temple, Thenthiruperai, Thoothukudi – Legends
Story behind the name Makara Nedunkuzhaikathar:
According to the legend, Goddess Lakshmi was upset that Lord Vishnu spent most of his time with Bhoodevi. Lakshmi shared her sorrow with Sage Durvasa and she wished that she wanted the same colour and beauty as Bhoodevi. Sage Durvasa, who went to meet Bhoodevi, was angered at her for disregarding his presence. Durvasa cursed Bhoodevi to have the same form and colour as Sridevi.
Bhoodevi started penance on the banks of Tamirabarani. During that time, she found two fish shaped ear rings and offered it to Vishnu, Vishnu wore this and he came to known as Makara Nedunkuzhaikathar. Bhoodevi who took the form and colour of Sridevi came to known as Thiruperai Nachiyar.
Varuna penance on Vishnu:
Another story is that having been defeated by the Asuras, Varuna (the Rain God) lost his chief weapon (he had earlier insulted his Guru and hence this fate) and undertook penance here. Lord Vishnu is said to have appeared before him on the full moon day in Panguni and helped him recover his lost weapon as well as his powers.
To mark this episode, it is believed that Varuna visits this temple, every year, on the full moon day in the month of Panguni (March-April) to worship Vishnu.