Karaneeswarar Temple, Saidapet – Legends
Lord Indra redeems Kamadenu by constructing this Temple:
Lord Indra having given his divine cow Kamadenu to Sage Vashista is worried as she has not returned even after a long time .He find out that she has been cursed into becoming an ordinary one because she had created obstacles during Pooja and Prayer of Sage Vashista. He consults his Ganas and on that basis, finds out that the Holy Cow Kamadenu can be redeemed if he constructs a Temple to Lord Shiva in between Mylapore and Thiruvanmiyur on the North western direction.
He then ordains the clouds (Kar) to rain and cool the area thereby creating a wonderful green pasture. He installs a Linga and prays to the Lord Shiva - who redeems the holy cow and also blesses Lord Indra by granting him the status of Gopathi (Lord of Cows). The tank made by Indra is known as Gopathi Saras. It is said that people who take a ritual bath in this tank on full moon days get cured of many of their illnesses.
The Formula namely Karaneeswarar Numerological formula is very famous for numerological calculations and ordained by God Shiva and it is said that the formulas were distributed to humanity by Siddhas in old ancient era. These were updated in ancient numerological history. Presently these details are long thought to have been lost to humanity.