Aavundeeswarar Temple, Nemam – Legends
After the Pralaya ended, creation of new life was supposed to happen. Lord Brahma, the creator, started his tasks of creation of life again. While in the process of creation it is believed that it is at Nemam that he first sprinkled the holy nectar (Amritam). The Devas had also offered the Amritam first to Goddess of this place, Amirthambigai. Henceforth this Kshetram had been known as the Amirtha Janma Bhoomi.
Being a Janma Bhoomi from where creation started, the Goddess grants prayers of childbirth with kindness and compassion. Over time, the temple had been covered by sand and Lord Shiva waited patiently for the time to come to show himself to the world again. During this time, the cows that were being grazed through this area, used to shower their milk over the hidden lingam.
The cowherd did not understand why the cows were showering their milk on a sandhill. In a fit of anger, raised his whip and started beating the cows. It is believed that Lord Shiva rose from the sandhill and hugged the cows close whereby the whiplashes fell on him. Till today, the marks of a whip striking against him can be seen on the Murthi. As he protected the cows, he came to be known as Aavundeeswarar.
Goddess Amirthambigai at Nemam blesses the devotees with the amrita shakti needed for surviving in this world and leading a good life. To get us the above 3 types of amrita shakti, Mother Amirthambigai did severe tapas in this sacred spot and requested the grace of Lord Aavundeeswarar. The Lord not only blessed her with this shakti, He also married her here.