Keerthivageeswarar Temple, Soolamangalam – Legends
As per Sthala Puranam, Shiva defeated Gajasuran in this place and used the Elephant Skin as his dress. Hence, Lord Shiva of this Temple got the name Keerthivasan or Keerthivageeswaran. The Lord, is a Swayambumurthy, is always covered with a Kavacham perhaps to signify the Elephant skin episode.
Astra Deva worshipped Lord Shiva here:
Lord Astra Deva, the weapon maker for the deities. He prayed to the Lord here and got lot of benefits.
The Sapthamadha Kaumari (This Matha Roopam represents the powers of Subramanya or Kumara. Hence, she holds the spear in her hand) along with Parasakthi, visit this temple on the third day (Tritiya) of Navarathri and worship the Lord. Here they had the Trisula Darshnam of the Lord. The name of this place could be on account of this visit. This is also borne out by the fact that there is an idol of a lady with Soolam above her head near the entrance.
Lord Vishnu won the war against demon Kalanemi:
Thai Amavasya (Jan-Feb) is observed as a special day in this temple. Vishnu worshipped Shiva on that day and won the war against the demon Kalanemi.
Brahma got relief from stomach pain by praying to Lord Shiva here:
Brahma got relief from severe stomach pain by praying on that day. Soola Vratham is observed on that day and those who worship the Lord are relieved of enmities, poverty and illness.
Mother appeared as adolescent girl to the Nadha Sharma couple:
Ambal appeared as an adolescent girl to the Nadha Sharma couple in this temple.