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Tracing back centuries, this place was called Aushada Vanam. Lord here was called Aushadalaya. Aushad means medicine. This place had been a dispensary. God Shiva transformed into an old man and cured a King from a deadly disease. And he is called Arumarundu Deva. The goddess is called Arumarundu nayaki.
Thirundudevankudi near Veppathur in Thanjavur district is where the Karkadeswarar temple located. Kataga or Cancer natives can be relieved from problems in life by visiting this temple. This is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Linga here is a Swayambumurthy, which means it is not installed by anyone, but existed naturally. While it is for all the Kataga natives, people born under Ayilya star should visit this temple for sure. It is said that people born under this star are short tempered, owning to which they might face lots of problems in their lives . Also, these people have different characteristics. They would be very active at times, and very lazy at times. They love jewelry and luxury. They are also can be called spendthrifts. Here, Lord Vinayaka is called Karkadaga Vinayaka. Placement of Kethu planet decides a lot of things for these people. Lord Vinayaka is the Lord of this planet. So worshiping him here, can help Kataga or Cancer natives a lot to cross the obstacles.
This temple is called by localities as Nandu koil, which means crab temple. The sign of Kataka/Karkataka Rashi/Rasi is the crab, and hence the name. The name of the place is derived from the fact, that Lord Indra worshipped God Shiva here. There is a moat closer and the temple is amidst the paddy fields. Once Lord Indra wanted to worship God Shiva here with 1008 lotus flowers, and asked Varuna to create 108 flowers each day. One flower went short every day. When Lord Indra kept a close watch, he saw a golden crab moving the flower from water to the Sanctum Sanctorum. When he was about to hit the crab, it disappeared in the hole on the Shivalinga. From then on, God Shiva here was called as Karkadeswarar. The crab was none other than a Yaksha who troubled sage Dhurvasa and ended up with a curse to turn into a crab. Still the hole and the crab marks are seen on the deity when ablutions are performed.