Sri Veera Narayana Perumal, Kaatu Mannar Koil12 June 2021
Once, Jhirumbana Raja Maha Rishi undertook deep penance and moved by his devotion, Lord Narayana sent Goddess Mahalakshmi to be born to the sage. When the girl was ready for marriage, a Swayamvaram was arranged where several Kings came. Sriman Narayana also came in the guise of a King and fought all other kings to finally marry the Goddess. Upon the prayer of the Sage, the Lord chose to remain here.
In another legend, Sage Mathanga was cursed by Lord Brahma for reciting the Vedas incorrectly. He visited Srimushnam temple to seek relief. Lord Bhu Baraha advised the Sage to undertake a penance here at the Veda Pushkarini and finally relieved the Sage of his curse.
This town is also the birth place of Sri Nadhamuni, who was responsible collecting and compiling the 4,000 Divya Prabhandam left behind by the 12 Azhwars. Etween 1250-1274 AD, Sadayavarma Sundarapandiyan is said to have done extensive renovations to this temple.