Thirukkadaiyur Temple – Legend 2 – Abirami Pattar


Legends, mythical stories and deodorant advertisements have one thing common among them. Almost always, there remains no truth in them. But at the same time, it is hard to leave them and move on, for, there’s something more fragrant and deep in them – the content. It’s easy to discard off these legends are plain myths, but in doing so we are only failing to account for the purpose for which the legends are made – to educate values to people.

Good over evil, conviction to do things, the concept of optimism and trust – our legends pack in them innumerable content that international self-help books say. But we make those books a bestseller and care a dime about the stories from our own backyard. Let’s see one such story of ‘Abirami Pattar’, the one who featured a part in the legacy of Thirukkadaiyur temple.

Abirami pattar born as Subramaniya iyer in Thirukkadaiyur was an admirer and devotee of goddess Abirami. As he grew, the devotion grew along with him. He always meditated and sang songs about the goddess. He was so much enchanted by the characteristics of the goddess Abirami that he saw the goddess in every woman. He often offered flowers to the women visited the temple.

Many were offended by this act. Nevertheless, there were a few who considered him a true devotee. Subramaniya was also good at predicting the movement of sun and moon by which he calculated the auspicious days.

One fine day, King Sarboji was visiting the temple. On seeing the king, people offered their respect. Subramaniya, who was in deep meditation, failed to notice the arrival of the king.  Irritated by the act, the king asked the people around about Subramaniya. While most of them called him for a mad man, one of the priests there explained that Subramaniya was a devotee of goddess Abirami and good at predicting auspicious days.

By hearing the two contradictory statements, the king wanted to test Subramaniya himself. The king went near Subramaniya and asked whether that particular day was a full moon day or new moon day. Subramaniya, in his meditation was seeing the glowing face of goddess Abirami, mistaking it for moon, he told that it was a full moon day.

In reality, it was a new moon day. The angry king decided that Subramaniya was a mad man and ordered that Subramaniya’s head would be cut off if the moon did not appear on the sky by 6 pm.

Once out of his meditation, Subramaniya realized the mistake and surrendered himself to goddess Abirami. He lit a huge fire around him and he sat on a platform above it, supported by 100 ropes. He recited verses praising the goddess. He started to cut one rope after completing each verse. While he completed the 78th verse and started the 79th, goddess Abirami appeared in front of him. She threw her diamond earring towards the sky which appeared as a full moon on the sky.

By seeing the moon in the sky, the king realized his mistake and ran to the temple to meet Subramaniya. He instantly apologized and by seeing Subramaniya’s devotion, he named him ‘ Abirami Pattar’. Later, Abirami Pattar finished the remaining verses and it was collectively called as ‘Abirami Anthathi’.

If we have the self-belief and trust, we can make the impossible, possible is the takeaway of this story, isn’t it? Also yes, never answer anyone when you are half asleep or in a deep meditation.

Remember the devotion of Abirami Pattar next time you visit Thirukkadaiyur temple. And also remember Hotel Sadhabishegam offers excellent lodging facilities while you are there.

Interesting fact – ‘Anthathi’ is a form of literature which is very difficult to compose. In an anthathi, the last word of a verse has to be the starting word of the next verse.

Read about another legend Markandeya here.