Mayiladuthurai is a town belongs to Nagapattinam district. The ancient name of mayiladuthurai is Mayuram or Mayavaram. Mayiladuthurai is peacock town, Parvathi devi worshiped the lord eesan in the form of peacock. So why it is named as Mayil-Aadu-thurai. There is one ancient quote “Aayiram aanalum Maayuram aahadhu”. Mayiladuthurai one of the place equivalent to kasi. Mayiladuthurai is the center and best to cover all the navagragha temples in a single day. Lots of sithars are lived here, now also you can find a suburban village named as sitharkadu.
It is one of the very important festival which held on tamil month Iypasi. Last 10 days of the month are celebrated in the very grand manner, all the gods in mayiladuthurai will come to banks of river Cauvery and give holy water to all devotees. In this month Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati came to Cauvery the history said. Peoples from various places will come to Cauvery and take a holy dip to get rid of their sins. The last day of the month is very famous. It is called “Kadai muzhuku”. That day is declared as a local holiday for Mayiladuthurai. All gods surrounding in mayiladuthurai will come to Cauvery and give holy water to all the devotees from various parts. .
Mudavan came to mayiladuthurai to take a dip in thula utsav(Kadai muzhuku). But the 30 days time expired. So they stayed at night and worshipped lord Shiva. Shivan appeared in dream and tell them to take holy bath in Kaarthigai first, you will get all the benefits of iypasi month last day it is named as Mudavan Muzhukku. It is celebrated in a very grand manner.
In this temple, One siththar with his 63 disciple’s jeeva mausoleum was there. We may seen that in some temple one sithar’s idol was there. But here we can see sithar with his 63 disciples idol. The history said kaazhi sitrambala naadigal was lived in sirkazhi at 14th century. He worshiped and penance lord “Thiruchendhur murugan”. Tiruchendhur murugan gave “mei gnanam” to sitrambala nadigal sithar. From tiruchendhur, sithar came to mayiladuthurai then he formed one monastery and gave lecturing to all peoples. Totally he has 63 disciples. Then he wishes to jeeva mausoleum. Then he called chola king and explained,give me the place for my jeeva mausoleum with my 63 disciples. Jeeva mausoleum was going to happen at chithirai month thiruvonam nakshathiram. Chola king gave place as per their wish. Peoples from various parts came to that place to get the blessings. Sitrambala nadigal sang 3 thiruvenba loudly. Then he entered to his mausoleum. After that their disciples too entered to their mausoleum. This is the reason why the place named as sitharkadu. The temple named as Sitrambalanadigal temple.
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