The Legend Behind the Origin of Thrikkakara Temple
The Sthala purana gives a brief description of how the Thrikkakara temple came to be. The legend says that once Kapila Maharishi was searching for a suitable place for doing his tapas. He reached Thrikkakarai and was taken in by the scenic splendor of the place. Yet he noticed that there was no water resource anywhere near the place. Therefore, he dug a tank and grew lotuses and sengaalineer flower in the tank. These are the two types of flowers used for worshipping Lord Vishnu. The Rishi settled down in the place and used these flowers for worshipping the lord. In due course, pleased with his prayers the lord appeared before him. Kapila Maharishi then requested Vishnu to stay in the place so that other devotees may also have similar darshan.