Por panai kottai Muneeswarar
Translated in to English, the name of the God means “The sage God of fort of the golden palm”. This great temple is situated in Por panai kottai village near Pudukottai town, There is an interesting story about its origin. It seems once Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi were flying above Tamil Nadu. Their trusted assistant Pushpa Danthan was following them, holding an umbrella over them. When they were flying over Pudukottai, some very pretty girls were taking bath in a tank there. Pushpa Danthan forgot him self and stood in the sky staring at the girls. When Lord Shiva noticed his absence he cursed Pushpa Danthan to become a golden palm. This place was then a forest and some hunters were occupying that area. This golden palm yielded one golden fruit every day. The hunters did not know its value. So they took it to Kattudayan Chettiyar of Kalasamangalam, which was just five km from that spot. The chettiyar asked them to bring the fruit to him and gave them lot of money to look after their day to day needs. During that time Sundarapuri Chozhan, who was the king of that area was affected by leprosy. Lord Shiva asked him to go and find the golden palm and take bath in the pond nearby. The king did and was cured of his disease. Then he heard about the fruit and Kattudayan Chettiyar. He approached the Chettiyar, who gave the king the 99 golden fruits that he collected till then. But when the king returned to the place where the golden palm was there, it had vanished. The king decided to stay there till he sees the God and built a fort there and started living there. Four km away from the fort was a village called Idayapatti. They used to supply milk to the fort from this village. Suddenly a mound appeared in between the village and the fort. People bringing the milk regularly fell down at this place. So the people dug the mound. Their instrument touched a stone object and blood started splashing from that. People recovered it and saw that it was a Shiva Linga. The king rushed to that spot and built a temple for the God by selling few of the Golden fruits. He buried the rest of the fruits below the temple. On the northern gate they consecrated Por panai Kali and at the southern gate placed an Ayyanar to guard the temple. For the east gate, he consecrated the God of the hunters, the Por Panai Muneeswarar. He also made him as the security guard of the entire fort. The fort though slightly damaged still exists. The place where the hunters used to stay is the Por Panai kottai village. On the east of the village is the temple of Muneeswarar.
Vinayagar, Pathinattampadi Karuppar , Por panai Kali and Muthal Ravuthar surround this temple. Ravuthar belongs to Islam. It seems he was from Mecca. He had come here to visit his friend Pila viduthi Kallar who was related by marriage to the king. Once Kallar was carrying a box of ghee made sweets , to the king. When Ravuthar asked , jestingly he told that there was only hair in the box. Ravuthar turned the sweets in to hair. The king summoned Ravuthar, who refused to go. Then the king prayed Por panai kottai Muneeswarar and Thadi Konda Ayyanar. They killed Ravuthar but made him as their assistant god.
During the period of one Divan of Pudukottai called Seshayya Shastri, a big statue of Por panai kottai Muneeswarar was got made in Thiru gokarna malai. . He also constructed the modern town of Pudukottai. It seems that the statue took round of all the 16 wide streets of Pudukottai before being consecrated. Though the God appeared from a Palm tree, Palai tree is worshipped s temple tree . People without children are asked to eat the leaves of the tree kept at the feet of Muneeswarar. It seems they are blessed with children soon. Girls praying for marriage put bangles for Por panai Kali. Sunday, Monday and Friday are busy days at the temple. On 16th day of Adi month , there is a milk pot festival for Karuppar. On hat day some animals are sacrificed.