Agastya is also believed to be the author of Agastya Samhita. The word is also written as Agasti and Agathiyar. Agastya is also the Indian astronomical name of the star of Canopus, is said to be the 'cleanser of waters', since its rising coincides with the calming of the waters of the Indian Ocean. He was son of Pulasthya, son of Brahma.
Vaitheeswaran Koil or Pullirukkuvelur Temple’s main deity is Lord Shiva. He takes on different roles and professions in many temples in the Tanjore (Thanjavur) region. In Vaitheeswaran Koil, Shiva is Vaidyanathaswamy, the Vaid or doctor, and is a renowned healer. His consort is Thaiyalnaayaki or Valambigai who can be seen carrying the pot of Sanjeevi Thailam, the medicinal oil for all illnesses.
The Ramayana is an ancient Indian epic, composed some time in the 5th century BCE, about the exile and then return of Rama, prince of Ayodhya. It was composed in Sanskrit by the sage Valmiki, who taught it to Rama's sons, the twins Lava and Kush. At about 24000 verses, it is a rather long poem and, by tradition, is known as the Adi Kavya (adi = original, first; kavya = poem).
The Mahabharata is an ancient Indian epic where the main story revolves around two branches of a family - the Pandavas and Kauravas - who, in the Kurukshetra War, battle for the throne of Hastinapura. Interwoven into this narrative are several smaller stories about people dead or living, and philosophical discourses.