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The rear door of the temple is closed for centuries after the defeat of Kayamkulam by Odanadu. It is through the door the ruler of Kayankulam made his exit. Later the land was annexed by Marthanda Varma of Travancore.
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According to another legend the temple is established at the site where Lord Shiva is believed to have cut off Lord Brahma's head. The name Kandiyoor is based on the name of Shiva - Sri Kantan. It was Lord Parasurama who renovated the temple and entrusted the tanthrik rights - conducting pujas, temple rituals, etc with the Tharananallur family.
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A fascinating feature of this Shiva temple, unknown in other states like Tamil Nadu is, the main deity, Kandiyoorappan is worshiped as Dakshinamoorthy in the morning, Umamaheshwaran in the noon, Kirathamoorthy in the evening, as Panchmukha from South-West corner of Pradakshina Vazhy by viewing five Thazikakudams of Shiva temples and as Vaikatappan (ruling deity of Vaikom) during sunset.
The sub-deities in the temple include Vishnu, Nagaraja and Nagayakshi, Gosala Krishnan, Sastha, Sankaran, Sreekandan, Vadakkumnathan, Annapoomeswari, Ganapathy, Subramanyan, Brahma Rakshas and others