Three Namboodri families were residing around the temple in days of yore known as Vediyur, Agavur and Venmani. Lord Mahadeva temple belonged to these three Namboodri families. Agavur family also had the title ‘Chieftains’. A wise gentleman Sathan by name was assisting this family. He was helping the Agavur family to cross the river in a stone boat to visit the Mahadeva temple.
Even now, we can see many Keralites, women in particular using an umbrella made of palm leaves.
A Thambiran from the Agavur family, old in age, expressed his difficulty to Lord to visit the temple which he could not miss as he would consume even water only after the Lord’s darshan. One day, after the darshan, when he lifted his umbrella, he found it to be heavy. When he informed this to his advisor Sathan, he simply said OK. He relaxed on the way before reaching the house leaving the umbrella by his side. When he lifted then to proceed home, he felt it was just light in weight. When informed, his Sathan simply said again OK.
After a few days, a farm maid sharpened her sickle on a stone where Agavur Thambiran put his umbrella then. While sharpening the sickle, the stone began to bleed. The farm maid fell fainted. The matter was informed to Thambiran and his advisor Sathan.
Sathan explained that Lord Mahadeva had graced him to make His darshan easy with His Swayambu appearance. It is here where Thambiran put his umbrella. Thambiran installed the Shivalinga and Mother Parvathi here.