Thirukadaiyur temple history
As per the Legend, Lord Siva blessed long life for Markandeya as this place. Markandeya was relieved from the death rope of Yama. One can see the marks of the death rope on Siva Linga during Nijaroopa Darshan.
Another interesting folklore associated with this temple, Abirami Bhattar an ardent of Goddess Parvati while in deep meditation answered wrongly to the King Sarfoji as full moon day while it is No moon day. The King who got angered with irrelevant answer and order to behead Abirami Bhattar if Moon doesn't appear in the sky on the same day. Abirami Bhattar was placed on a cradle with fire camp on the below and started cutting one thread (balancing cradle) each time when he finishes the hymn on Goddess Abirami. At the end of the 79th hymn, Goddess appeared before him and brought the moonlight by throwing her earring. The King pleaded Bhattar for his ignorance and honoured him. The main deity is called by Amruthakadeswarar and the Goddess Parvati here called by Abirami