Sowmiya Narayana Perumal Temple, Thirukoshtiyur – Etymology
Thirukoshtiyur, derived from its native name Thirukotiyur. During Kritha yuga, Rishis, devas and people were tortured, anguished by the Asura Hiranyakashipu as the vengeance for Hiranyaksha's death in hands of Lord Vishnu in the form of Varaha Avatar. Devas, Rishis approached Brahma and Shiva for the solution.
In response Brahma, Shiva, all devas, Saptha Rishis decided to meet at one place to discuss regarding. Finally all chose Thirukotiyur as the spot. Together they came like a group and so the name came as Thirukoshtiyur, koshti means in group or as a team.
Thirukoshtiyur is known for its great temple, Sowmya Narayana Perumal temple (Thirukovil means temple). It is one of the 108 Divya Desams in India. Divya Desams are shrines of Vaishnava worship that have been glorified by the Azhwars. Periazhwar in his work Periazhwar Thirumozhi visualizes Thirukoshtiyur as the birthplace of Sri Krishna.