Pamani Naganathar Temple – Legends
As the Divine Serpent Adisesha came to earth from the world below - Padala Loka to worship Lord Naganathar, the place is named Tiru Padaleswaram. There is a shrine for Adisesha with human face and snake body. Adisesha is the head of the eight Nagas – Anandhan, Vasuki, Dakshan, Karkodakan, Sangabalan, Kulikan, Padman and Mahapadman and planets Rahu and Ketu.
Sani Parihara Sthalam:
The place and temple is also noted for relief from Saturn problems as Lord Bhairava and Saturn together grace the devotees.
Disciples of Lord Dakshinamurthy got relieved of their curse:
Disciples of Lord Dakshinamurthy once went to Vaikundam for darshan of Lord Vishnu, but they were denied admission by the Dwarapalakas-securities. The disciple sages cursed the securities and thus incurred a Dosha for being rash. They worshipped Pamani Naganathar and Simha Dakshinamurthy and got relieved of the doshas. All those belonging to Leo, Kumba, Cancer, Sagittarius, Aries, Scorpio signs are advised to worship Simha Dakshinamurthy to realize a peaceful and happy life.
Chevvai Parihara Sthalam:
As Adisesha himself sought this place to worship Lord Naganathar, the place is considered important to all including those under the influence of planet Mars and all planets.
Contest between Adisesha and Vayu:
A contest arose between Adisesha and Vayu Bhagwan about their prowess. Adisesha pressed the Meru Mount with its head and coiled it around. Vayu could not move the mount and thus was defeated. Vayu with all his fury controlled the air which led to suffocation of all beings threatening their lives. As requested by Devas, the contest took place again. Devas slightly reduced the power of Adisesha. Three of his heads became weak. Vayu broke three peaks. Saddened by its defeat, Adisesha, for mental peace, came to this place, made a Shiva Linga of ant-hill sand and worshipped Lord. The Linga is in the form of an ant-hill.
Aadhishesahan came out of paadhalam as Dhanajayamunivar and worshiped lord Shiva of this temple. It is the staunch faith of the devotees that they would be relieved of all adverse aspects of snake planets if they worship Adisesha lighting ghee lamps. It is also noteworthy that no abishek is performed on Lingas made of sand, but the one made of ant-hill sand by Adisesha is an exception.
Sukala Munivar worshipped Shiva:
Sukala Munivar also worshiped lord Shiva of this temple.