Thirukolakka Sapthapureeswarar Temple – Legends
Thalapureeswarar and Osai Kodutha Nayaki:
Saint Gnanasambandar, fed with the wisdom milk by Mother Parvathi, visited many Shiva temples singing his praise clapping his hands in ecstasy. Seeing the little saint clapping his hands, to relieve him from the pain of doing so, Lord gave him two golden plates, but they produced no sound. Mother infused the sound energy into them. Hence, Lord is praised as Thalapureeswarar and Mother Osai Kodutha Nayaki.
Mahalakshmi married Vishnu here:
When Lord Vishnu in his Narasimha avatar killed Hiranyakasipu and drank his blood, he developed demonic qualities and set out to destroy the worlds. On seeing this, the petrified Devas approached Lord Shiva and sought his merciful protection. Lord Shiva, assuming the form of Sri Sarabhesvara, quelled the wrath of Sri Narasimha. Goddess Mahalakshmi, on seeing this, prayed to Lord Shiva requesting him to give back her husband. Lord Shiva asked her to perform penance in Kondrai vanam near Sirkazhi.
Sri Mahalakshmi performed austere penance. Lord Shiva, pleased by her penance, got her married to Sri Vishnu. With the divine wedding taking place in the Kondrai forest, the place henceforth came to be known as ‘Thirukkolakka’ .From then, the place is known as Thirukolakka (Thiru in Tamil – Sri Mahalakshmi, Kola – Wedding darshan of Sri Mahalakshmi and Sri Vishnu, Ka- forest)
Surya became leader of three worlds by praying to Shiva:
Once Surya and Indra got into an argument to decide who is mightier and better. They went to Deva Guru, Brihaspati. Brihaspati advised Surya not to fight with Indra as he is the leader of all Devas. Disappointed Surya met Sri Naradha Maharishi who advised him to perform Penance towards Shiva in Kondrai vanam near Sirkazhi. Surya created Surya Pushkarini and performed Penance for long time.
Shiva pleased with Penance of Surya and asked him for his wish. Surya asked Shiva for leadership of all 3 worlds and his devotees to receive health, wealth and prosperity. Shiva granted the boons and made Surya as leader for Navagrahas. Surya received these boons on a Sunday of Karthika month (October- November). Every year on Sundays of Karthika month, Surya Pooja performed for Panchamurthis.
Kanva Rishi worshipped Shiva here:
Shiva is believed to have been worshipped by Kanva Rishi at this place.