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Thirukadaiyur temple history

The name Thirukkadaiyur derives its name from the pot, called Gatam in Tamil. Some other definition also available as follows. Thiru denote the place where shiva or any god temple is available. Kadai denote the tamil verb kadai(churn). Yur denote the residential place. So Thiru + Kadai + yur =Thirukadaiyur.

As per popular legend, near the temple of Tirukkadaiyur, there lived a sage named Mrikandu and his wife Marudmati. They were both devotees of Shiva and worshiped him day and night for many years, asking to be graced with a child. After many years of penance, Shiva appeared to Mrikandu and Marudmati. He told them that he heard their prayers and would give them a choice: they could either have a gifted son who would live to be only sixteen, or a son of low intelligence who would live a long life. Mrikandu and Marudmati chose the former, and were blessed with Markandeya, an exemplary son, destined to die at the age of sixteen.

Thirukadaiyur temple history

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