Suriyanar Koil Temple HistoryAs per the Legend, Saint Kalavar did penance to please Navagrahas. Navagrahas were impressed with the strict penance and granted boon. On knowing, the "Adi Devas" angered at this and asked them, "What powers do you have in granting boons? you are assigned with only the duty of awarding good or bad to the humans based on their Karma".
So Adi Devas cursed them. As they disobeyed the celestial laws and Navagrahas were doomed to become lepers and suffer the agonies of the curse. Navagrahas prostrated before the Devas and begged for their redemption from the curse. Pleased Adi Devas, asked them to perform penance at Arkavana near Tirumangalakudi in the Chola dynasty and advised them to take holy bath in the 9 Theerthas starting from the first Sunday of the Kirthika month and continue the same for the next 11 days succeeding Sundays. Also advised them to perform strict penance for Lord Siva.As advised, Navagrahas performed penance at the respective places and got relieved from the curse.