Karuppariyalur Kutram Porutha Naathar Temple – Legends
Story behind the name Kutram Porutha Naathar:
Meganaathan was the son of Ravana. Since he won Lord Indra in the war, he was known as ‘Indrajit’. Once, Indrajit was flying in his Pushpaka vimanam across the sky. Suddenly the flight of the vimanam was impeded. When he looked down he understood that he was flying over Siva’s temple and so this impediment had happened to him. Indrajit was sad and he worshipped the deity of this place after taking bath in the sacred theertham.
He also tried to shift this wonderful Lingam to Lankapuri. But he could not and fell unconscious in the process. Ravana came to know about this incident. He surrendered to the Lord’s feet, pleaded to him to pardon his son and bestow blessings on him. The kind Lord did so. Hence, the deity of this sacred place is called ‘Kutram Porutha Naathar’.
Another version of the story behind the name Kutram Porutha Naathar:
According to the legend, Indiran, the king of Devas, is said to have attacked Shiva with his Vajrayutham and Shiva is said to have forgiven him for his hasty act of aggression. Hence Lord Shiva is known here as Aparadha Kshameswarar in Sanskrit and is referred as Kutram Porutha Nathar in Tamil.
King Vichitraangan blessed with Children by praying here:
King Vichitraangan with his wife Suseelai came to this place and worshipped to beget issues. He was blessed with a child and the happy King erected this beautiful temple – so says history.
Surya worshipped Shiva here:
Since Sun god worshipped in this place, this place came to be known as ‘Thalaignaayiru’.
Brahma informed Vasishta about the importance of this Temple:
Lord Brahma informed the sage Vasishta that all the good deeds performed in this holy place would multiply tenfold. The legend states that sage Vasishta installed a Lingam here, worshipped it and blessed with highest wisdom.
72 maharishis attained ‘Mukthi’ here:
72 maharishis have attained ‘Mukthi’ or liberation after worshipping the deity here.
Those who come and worship here will not be in the mother’s womb in the next janma are the belief. That is, they will not be born again. The traditional belief is that they will reach the feet of Lord Siva. Hence, this holy place is called ‘Karuppariyalur’.
Relief of Hanuman’s dosham or curse:
Lord Rama, in order to be relieved off the dosham of killing Ravana during the war, wanted to perform Siva pooja. He asked Hanuman to bring a Sivalingam in a few hours time. Hanuman accepted the command and went towards the northern side. Since he did not return within the stipulated time, Lord Rama created a Lingam in the sand, installed it and worshipped. Where Lord Rama performed pooja to Lord Siva became ‘Rameswaram’.
Hanuman was sad to know that the Lingam was installed before he returned. And he also pulled that Lingam by binding it with his tail, but could not do so. Because of his action, Hanuman was penalized. Lord Rama advised him that if he performed tapasya to Lord Siva, he would get rid of the penalty.
Accordingly, Hanuman did tapasya and Lord Siva appeared before him and said: “Hanuman! You go to Kanmapuram also called Thalaignaayiru and worship. You will be relieved of this curse.” Thus the Lord graced him. Hanuman, as directed by the Lord, came to Thalaignaayiru, worshipped the deity and got free of his curse. Surprised at the immense benevolence of Lord Siva, he installed a Lingam in his own name at the North-eastern part of this sacred place and began worshipping it. Now, this place is known as ‘Thirukkurakkaa’.