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From the legend we understand that the presiding deity - Lord Vishnu is believed to have slain a demon called Somukasura who stole the four Vedas from Brahma, a Hindu Trinity God. At Brahma's request, Vishnu took the form of a celestial Matsaya and killed the Assura. He retrieved the Vedas and settled down there as Srivaikuntanathar.
Yet another legend has it that in the past during the Pandya reign the deity lay buried in the ground for a long time and, it is said, the rulers's cow, while grazing the ground, performed ablution daily to the deity. The king and others realized that there was a sign divinity in that spot, and upon digging, they found the stone image of the God. Soon a temple was built to take care people's spiritual needs. Since the image of Vaikuntanathar was revealed by the cow's strange activities, the presiding deity got the name Pal Pandian (pal in Tamil means milk; Pandian refers to the ruler).
Once Vishnu saved the life of a robber from the Pandya ruler, hence the Lord is referred to as Kallpiran (Kalla in Tamil means thief). The lord impressed on the king that the ill-gotten wealth won't stay with people for a long period and at one stage it will reach the right person
This perumal temple follows the Thenkalai tradition (Sampradhayam) of worship and among the temple festivals, the ten-day annual Brahmotsavam during the Tamil month of Chittirai (April - May) and the Nammazhwar birth celebrations with Garudasevai (procession of the lord with his mount Garuda) with all nine temple of Navatirupathi attract huge gathering of people.
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A bit of colonial history. During 1801, when the East India company forces were after Veerapandiya Kattabomman (1790–99), the Palayakarara rule because he refused to pay land taxes, a war broke out. This temple acted as a fort for the British against the forces of Kattabomman. The marks of war and destruction of Pandiyan history by the later rulers were visible in the temple during modern times.