Apatsahayesvarar Temple (Guru Sthalam), Alangudi – Legends
Aalam in Tamil and Sanskrit means poison of highest intensity which would burn the whole world which sprang up first while churning the milk ocean. When the whole world – earth, pathala the world below and the one above the earth – was trembling with fear of total destruction, Lord Shiva came forward and consumed it to protect the universe. Lord Shiva drank the Aalam, hence the name Alangudian.
Tamil Poet Kalamega known for his witty expressions says, "Who said that Alangudian would not drink (Kudi) the Aalam. If he did not, all in the world would have perished." The reputation of the place is also due to the fact that none is affected by any poison problem in this place. As the holy tree is the black poolai plant, the place is named Tiruirumpoolai and also as Alangudi as the Lord protected the world by consuming the Alam poison while churning the milk ocean.
Pancha Aranya Sthalas:
Alangudi is regarded as one of the Pancha Aranya Sthalas – Pancha-five, Aranya-forest covered).
Parivara Temple of Thiruvidaimarudhur:
Of the various subsidiary temples attributed to Thiruvidaimarudhur Lord Mahalinga Peruman, Alangudi is one.
The idol is small and appears a little damaged. This was taken to Tiruvarur once by a king. However, the idol has been brought back to Alangudi by a priest. To escape the constables on the way, the priest told them that he was taking his child suffering from measles. Surprisingly, when the priest unfolded the idol after reaching the Alangudi temple, he found small-pox scars on the statue too which are visible even now.
Kalangaamal Kaatha Vinayakar:
While saint Sundarar was caught in the floods while coming to Alangudi, Lord Shiva himself came to his rescue in a boat and Lord Vinayaka protected the boat from capsizing and therefore is called Kalangamal Katha Vinayaka (Vinayaka who protected from fear of boat capsize).
Ganesha killed Gajamukhasuran here:
It is believed that Ganesha killed the demon Gajamukhasuran at this holy place.
Muchukunda Chola got rid of Brahmahatti Dosham:
According to the legend, the temple at this Shiva Sthalam was built by Amuthohar, a minister of Muchukunda Chakravarthy who ruled Tiruvarur. The minister was asked to share with the King the Punniya he earned by being an ardent Shiva devotee. The minister refused to do so and was beheaded. The king got rid of "Brahmahatti Dosham" he got by killing his minister by worshipping Lord Shiva Aapathsahayar at this Sthalam.
People worshipped Lord Shiva here:
Legend has it that Rishi Viswamithra, Ashtathik Balagargal, Agasthiyar, Pulasthiyar, Kagapujandar, Sugarbramma Maharishi and Adhi Shankara have worshipped Shiva in this Sthalam.
It is a belief that Chakra Theertham was created by Maha Vishnu’s Chakra (Disc).
Marriage Parihara Sthalam:
Lord Shiva’s wife Parvathi or Ambal undertook a severe penance and married Lord Siva in this place. So this place is called as Thirumana Mangalam, a place where weddings get finalized. Guru/Jupiter’s place in the natal chart influences marriage prospects.