Needur Somanathaswami Temple – Legends
Indra worshipped Shiva here:
According to Hindu mythology, on a visit to the earth, Indra, the king of the gods desired to do pooja for Shiva. However, he could not find a Shivalinga for the purpose. He reached the banks of the Kaveri River where he collected wet mud to create a Shivalinga for worship. The Somanathaswami Temple is believed to have been constructed at the spot where Indra made the Shivalinga.
Manmasudhan worshipped Shiva here:
Due to his sins, a demon Manmasudhan was born as a cancer (Nandu in Tamil). He sought advice from Maharshi Narada for relief. As advised, he came to this place, bathed in Cauvery and worshipped Lord Shiva. Pleased with his penance, Lord granted darshan to him. To facilitate his merger with him, Lord also made a hole in himself. Nandu entered into the Linga through the hole and got merged with Lord. The hole is visible on the Linga.
Lord Shiva granted darshan to Munayaduvar:
A soldier Munayaduvar by name had an army himself and was assisting Kings in their battles. He spent the income thus earned for the maintenance and renovation of the temple and to serve Shiva devotees. Lord Shiva granted Darshan to Munayaduvar and placed him one among the 63 Saivite Nayanmars. Besides having his own shrine, he is also the procession deity in the temple. Guru Puja for him is celebrated on the Poosam star day in the month Panguni-March-April and taken in procession.
Needur in Tamil means eternal place. As this place could not be destroyed even at the end of the world by the great floods-pralaya, it is named Needur. The other names of the place are Vagularanyam and Magularanyam.
Indra worshipped Mother Veyuru Tholi Ammai:
Sun God had worshipped Mother Veyuru Tholi Ammai in this temple. As Sun – Aditya worshipped, she is praised as Aditya Varada Ambica.
People worshipped Shiva here:
Manmasudhan, Sun God Sooriyan and Moon God Chandhiran are also said to have worshipped Lord Shiva at this sthalam.