Karpaganatharkulam Karpaganathar Temple – Legends
Karthikasuran worshipped Lord Shiva here and acquired many boons:
A demon Karthikasuran by name worshipped Lord Shiva here and acquired many boons. As the Lord poured boons on him as the Karpaga tree (the tree will give anything to anyone if asked standing under the tree), he built a temple for the Lord and named him Karpaganathar.
Lord Sri Rama worshipped Lord Shiva here:
It is said that Lord Sri Rama worshipped in this temple before taking up the construction of Sethu Bridge. Nearby Sri Kothandaramar temple attests this story.
Pithru Parihara Sthalam:
According to one story the ashes brought by a Brahmin to perform the last rituals for his father turned into a Kondrai flower at this place. Therefore, indicating that this is a good place to do Pithru pooja.
Karpaga Vinayakar obtained celestial Mango:
Karpaga Vinayakar prayed to Shiva and obtained the celestial Mango fruit of knowledge here by circumambulating his parents Shiva and Parvathi. There is an exclusive shrine for Ganapathi parallel to Karpakanatha’s Temple.