Mayuranathaswami Temple, Mayiladuthurai – Literary Mention
The temple is praised by saints Gnanasambandar and Tirunavukkarasar in their Thevaram hymns and by Arunagiriar in Thirupugazh. If one has to get rid of the darkness of ignorance, he/she has to seek wisdom by praying at the feet of the honey-sweet Lord gracing from the skies of Mayiladuthurai -Gnanasambandar. This is the 39th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.
Thiru Gnana Sambandhar has praised the Lord in the 1st and 3rd Thirumurai while Appar has sung praise in the 5th and 6th Thirumurai. Arunagirinathar has praised Lord Muruga of this temple in his Thirupugazh while Sekkizhar in his Periya Puranam refers to Sundarar coming here and having bath in the Cauvery. Muthuswamy Deekshithar has composed 9 Keerthanais on the Ambal of the temple as per an inscription at the temple.
In these ancient scriptures, this town finds reference as Mayiladuthurai and was changed to Mayavaram only a couple of centuries ago. In 1982, the town got back its original name.