It is one of the most important seats of Sakthi temple. Lord Siva had annihilated Yama, the God of death and destruction to save the life of Markandeya and bestowed immortality on him. Inside the precincts of the temple of Arulmigu Amerthakadeswarar is located the temple of Shri Abirami Amman Temple.
Fishing, along with Para marine activities like Dry fish ,Prawn farming constitues the second Major economy for the district. The marine ecosystem provides mankind with food, medicines, industrial products and pleasure.
Poompuhar-The Tale in brief
The imperial Cholas whose reign in the 2nd century A.D. has been detailed by Foreign annalists like Ptolemy, had flourishing maritime trade relations with far-east Asia Greece and Rome. Their ships frequented Poompuhar, also known as Kaveripoompattinam, the shore capital of Cholas. It is also recorded in Tamil literature that the port of Puhar, as the International trading centre nutured and prompted frien dship and fraternity among all peoples.Masathuvan and Manaikan were merchant princes and Kovalan the son of Masathuvan was married Kannagi the daughter of Manaikan. A seprate mansion was set up for the young people where they spent sometime happily.
King KarikalChola who constructed the Grand Anicut across the ferocious and benevolent river Cauvery when hydrology or the art of harnessing the unbridled rivers was unknown to the west, was a great patron of fine arts, particularly dance and architecture. At that time the air was laden with the glory and fame of the Nymph like charming Madhavi the court dancer and queen of artistes.
The hunch-backed lady brought the garland of pearls to hawk it in the street. This garland was presented to Madhavi by King Karigal Chola during her maiden dance performance. It was announced that Madhavi could marry the Man who might offer to buy it. Kovalan a handsome man and a lover of arts offered the price and went with Madhavi to live in her mansion. Enthralled by the Captivating beaty and inspring artistic attainment of Madhavi, Kovalan was in high feather.
Indira Festival came; it was an annual feature of joy celebrated at Poompuhar with pomp and pageantry. The port city was agog to celebrate the Festival. Madhavi and Kovalan erected an elegant settee on the mellowing sand to join the huge gathering. At the seashore Madhavi sang a song, the meaning of which gave Kovalan the impression that she had been harbouring the thoughts of another man. To hear her song, though mellifluous in tone, he was ill at ease. This song was the apple of discord between them, a turning point in his life and he left her with heavy heart.
Kovalan retuned to his devoted wife, Kannagi who was an ardent observer of the rules laid down for chaste wives. Smitten by seperation, she has been keeping vigil with bleary eyes to receive her beloved husband.Kovalan was all contrition and his penitent arrival was a great relief to Kannagi.
With Kannagi,Kovalan set out to Madurai with the intention of selling one of the anklets .of his wife and regaining the wealth he last after he strayed from her.They met Kounthi, the celebrated ascetic who volunteered . to lead them to Madurai.On their journey to Madurai Kovalan received a message from Madhavi which convinced him of the innocence of the latter. They reached the outskirts of Madurai and at the request of Kunthi.Mathari a cowherd woman readily consented to accommodate them to her house. Nedunchezhian the Pandya King who ruled the kingdom from Madurai as his capital was a great man of letters. and he asseverated that justice would reign supreme in his land.
After a sumptuous meal Kovalan took leave of his wife and proceed to the bazaar to sell one of the anklets .He met the chief Goldsmith of the palace and offered his anklet for a fair price. The goldsmith who had stolen the queen's anklet sometime ago thought it an opportunity to accuse Kovalan of the theft of queen's anklet and make himself innocent. He took the anklet to the King and presented the case so eloquently that king Neduchezhian, with out bestowing a moment's thought on the matter ordered that innocent Kovalan be executed.
The innocent look of Kovalan made the executioners hesitate to lay their arms on him. Yet the chief goldsmith prevailed upon them and, one of the executioners who was more crude and cruel in his outlook, moved down Kovalan with one sweep of his sword.
The news of her husband's murder was a terrific shock to her. She rushed to the court of the king, demanded justice at his hands. She pleaded with the King and to prove the innocence of her husband, Kannagi dashed on the floor one of her anklets.
Rubies in blood-like colour splashed on the ground. The queen's ankles contained pearls and the king realized the injustice done to kovalan; no interrogation was allowed nor was a personal inquiry held to enable kovalan , the accused, to prove the treacherous plan of the Goldsmith ot escape from king's wrath. the king fell down dead. Kannagi's wrath set fire to the whole city of Madurai.
Kannagi there-upon left Madurai and proceeded to Malainadu and reached Murugavel Kuntram, a sacred hill. She stood there under the shade of the venkai tree and the inhabitant of the area; mostly Tribes stood spell-bounds at the countenance of Kannagi.In the presece of these people, Kannagileft the place in a celestial chariot for Heaven.
The Tribes reported the matter to King Senguttuvan. He resolved to secure a block of stone from the Himalayas to carve the image of Kannagi and install it in a fitting manner. After his success at the battle fields in the North, King Senguttuvan made the captive Kings, Kanagan and Vijaya carry on their heads the stone from the Himalayas to Tamilnadu for building a temple for Kannagi. A temple was consecrated to Kannagi and was endowed for daily worship.