Abirami Pattar lived during the rule of King Serfoji (Sarabhoji). He was completely devoted to the consort of Lord Amirthakadeshwarar and Lordess Abirami. He would sit in meditation and in the blissful state of trance for hours - sometimes days - together in the presence of the Mother.
King Serfoji, who had visited the temple, saw this temple priest, who was lost in himself and did not even stand up as an elementary mark of respect to the King. Abirami Pattar was at that moment meditating and was immersed in the vision of the luminous visage of the Divine Mother Thirukadaiyur Abirami. The king was annoyed with Battar for not showing the respects due to him and enquired about him with the persons standing close by. Unfortunately, Abirami Pattar did not get positive feedback.
The King then approached Abirami Pattar and asked him for the Thithi (lunar day) of that day. It was new moon day. Since the mind of Abirami Pattar was filled with the luminescent vision of Abirami, he - even without opening his eyes - said that it was full moon day.
The King was angered by this answer and he thought that he had a clue to the 'true bearings' of this fraud. 'If there is no full moon rising this evening,' he warned Pattar, 'you will be put to death.' Abirami Pattar was told what had happened only after he opened his eyes after a long time, from his meditation. Poetry, evocative, moving and having the power to melt the hearts of all, flowed from him right from that moment. He sang a hundred verses in praise of Abirami. The verses are known as Abirami Andhadhi, a unique kind of poetry that begins with the last foot - or a portion of it - of the previous verse. And the last foot of the last verse would end with the first foot of the first line of first verse. Abirami took her ear ring and threw it in the sky. That shone in the sky brighter than the full moon.King Serfoji realised the greatness of Abirami Pattar. Despite the refusal of battar, he had documented his command on copper plates to donate one-hundredth part of his revenue from all villages to him and his successors. The copper plate is still in possession of the successors of Abirami Battar.
There are three temple tanks - Theertham - known as 'Amritha Pushkarini', 'Kaala Theertham' and 'Maarkandeya Theertham'.
The worship services at Thirukadaiyur Abirami Temple are offered six times a day. Almost every day dawns with one celebration or other, as hundreds of pilgrims throng the temple to celebrate their 60th, 70th, 80th birthdays and other Ayul Shanthi Parihara Homams.