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An interesting fact about the temple is befitting the huge temple car, it owns more than 1000 acres of fertile land and centuries old temple tank, one of the largest in India covering 15 acres with a mandapam dedicated to Naganathar at the middle of the tank. The water in the tank never dries as it is replenished by several underground springs below. Even if there has been a dry spell with no rain, the temple tank is not affected. I have heard the people say that the temple itself has a vast collection of iyempon (made of five metals ) idols of various deities and besides, there is an icon center functioning in the temple for the past several years. This center has a vast collection of metal idols from many parts of Tamil Nadu for safe custody.
The main deity in the temple is Tyagaraja (lord Shiva) and his consort is Kamalambika. Here, Kamalambika is perpetually praying to lord Shiva, who is believed to be in trance. Here prayer to marry the lord remains unfulfilled. In this respect there is a Tamil saying quite prevalent locally. '' Kallu ther odinaal, Kaalamadu Paal kodutha, Kamalalayam Vathi ponaal , Kamalambikavikku kalyanam'' (meaning: ''If the stone chariot (ther) could run, if an ox could produce milk and if Kamalalayam could get dried up, only then will Kamalambika be married"). This signifies the perennial nature of the tank and how ingeniously the ancient builders of this vast temple had planned this temple tank.