Vazhumuneeswarar-Kathayi temple at Karunkanni
Once it seems the sage brungi wanted only to go round Shiva and not Parvathi. After this the Goddess requested Lord Shiva to give hw his body to her. When Lord Shiva told that this can only be done with great penance, GoddesParvathi came to warth along with 64 Yogins and started going on a pilgrimage to different Shiva temples. On her way she came to Ujjain which was at that time ruled by seven brothers called Akasa veera Agni veera etc. They were bad people and ordered the Goddess to be their wife.She childed them and shouted at them.Since they did not go away she praued to Lord Vishnu , Lord Brahma r etc who appeared there in person. Hgod Vishnu took a Viswa roopa and destroyed Agni veera.Since he touched the sky he was called Van-muni. The other sages also took mega forms like that of Lord Vshnu and killed all the seven kings. The mega form of Agasthya was called as “Chemmuni(red sage). The other sages like Narada, Parachara took mega forms which were calledMuthu muni, Karu muni , Veda muni etc and started protecting the Goddess.Then Veera muthu the son of Agni veera came for a battle.When Vaazhmuni (Lord Vishnu) was about to kill him, his wife requested Lord Vishnu to spare hi,So Lord Vishnu appointed Veera Muthu to be security to the Amman temple.,He also created goddesses Vengadamalai Nachiyaer, Ponkurathi nachiyar , Anai kurathi, mudiyaal Azhaki and Vana Kurathi and instructed them to look after the Goddess.He also created a lady form merging himself with Ganges, who was keeping Lord Subrahmanya on her lap. He named her as Kathayi..They went on visiting several Shiva temples and arrived at Naga Pattinam, which was called as Capital of Shiva places..Then Goddess Parvathi requested g her assistants to search for aplace which was suitable for meditation and was alone for some time At thay time a local devotee approached her and took him to hgis home.Goddess liked that home, At that time, her assistants found a place on the banks of Vellaru river, where a Mahalinga tree and Macizha tree were growing together. The Goddess started her penance there. Vaazhmuni , Chemmuni , Karumuni, Muthumuni, Veda muni and poomuni stayed outside as security guards to her. After some time when she started to Kanchipura for doing further meditation, the villagers approached her and requested her to live there itself., She promised them she would after becoming a part of Lord Shiva. And asper her word she came there.Lord Shiva took the name of M
Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays are important days in the temple,Pachayamman is offered POngal, Kathayi is offered Maa vilakku, Varamuneeswara Milk pongal and Periyachi Amman is offered non vegetarian dishes. Pachayamman consideres Nagapattinam as her mothers place and goes there along with Kathayi Anmman for 15 days in a year in the month of Aadi.During this time no worship is offered in the main temple. On Aani third she returns back. This temple is situated in the Nagapattinam –Thiruthuraipoondi road on the banks of a river called Uppathankarai, The temple is open from 9 am-12 noon and between 5 Pm to 6 Pm.