Cherugudi Sukshmapureeswarar Temple – Legends
Parihara Sthalam for Mars:
Planet Mars-Angaraka had his curse relieved in this temple. Those under adverse aspects of this planet will overcome delays in their marriages and the sick will be cured, if they worship him in the temple. Tuesdays in Masi month-February-March are suggested for Mars worship when special pujas are performed here with Vilwa leaves and Mangala Theertham-water from a well-for the reunion of couples. Those afflicted by Mars problems visit the temple in large numbers for relief.
It may be recalled that ripe Saint Thirunavukkarasar advised Child Thirugnana Sambandar to postpone his Madurai trip to debate with the Jain monks and to save the Pandya king, as the time then was not auspicious and very unfavorable then. The Child Saint simply said that the planets would never be hostile to Shiva devotees. The Kolaru Pathigam is the outcome of this event. This is being chanted by all believers as a daily prayer. So the child saint is also among the planets as their beloved one.
Lord Shiva play with Mother Parvathi:
While Mother Parvathi and Lord Shiva were playing dice, luck was turning to Mother. At this stage, Lord Shiva suddenly disappeared. Shocked Ambica began to search for Lord and finally came to this place dense with Vilwa trees. She made a Linga in sand and worshipped. Lord appeared before Mother and said that he was planning to lose the game in her favour to show that husbands should develop the quality of yielding to spouse to make family every happy and auspicious. Mother came to be known as Mangalambikai and Lord Mangalanathar
The place is named Sukshma Pureeswaram as couples separated earlier had a re-union here.
People worshipped Shiva here:
Sun God, Sage Viswamithra and Gandharvas had worshipped Lord in this temple.
Legend has it that Parvati worshipped Shiva in the form of a Shivalingam made with a handful of earth, and hence the name siru-pidi which gradually changed to Sirukudi. The Shivalingam here is a prithvilingam to whom Abishekam is not offered.