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Lord Sri Muneeswarar may be quite unknown to many but he is a powerful God and has an interesting origin.

Long before our time, in ancient India lived King Thakshar. He was an ardent Lord Shiva's devotee. After realising that his daughter was actually Lord Shiva's wife, he became arrogant and started to disrespect Lord Shiva.

One fine day, King Thaksha decided to perform a special pooja called the Achvametha Yagam. He did not invite Lord Shiva to the Yagam even though Brahma, Vishnu, Indra, the Thevars and Maha Rishis strongly requested that Lord Shiva be invited but King Thakshar was stubborn and flatly refused.

King Thaksha continued to conduct the Yagam without giving Lord Shiva his share of the Avir. Lord Shiva's anger was apparent. King Thakshar was cursed by Nandhithevar, who sits at the base of Lord Shiva's idol , and Sivanintahi resulted. The Yagam did not end. Lord Shiva's anger exploded and he did the thandavam. While doing the thandavam, Lord Shiva in the form of frightful Veera Pathirar, Lord Shiva's guard, appeared angrily from the Yagam.

And from the Lord Shiva's face came Sri Muneeswarar who took seven incarnations - Sivamuni, Mahamuni, Thavamuni, Naathamuni, Jadamuni, Darmamuni and Vaazhmuni. Muni means single and 'sakthi' while eeswarar is Lord Shiva.

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