Many temples are known either by the name of the Lord or his Consort. For Example, Madurai reminds us Lordess Meenakshi, Chidambaram for Lord Natarajar, Kancheepuram for Lordess Kamakshi Amman and so on. However, there are a few temples that are well-known for the Lord and his Consort and Thirukadaiyur temple is one among them. Thirukadaiyur Abirami SamedhaAmirthakadeshwarar temple is associated with the legends of Ever-16 Chiranjeevi Markandeyar and Abirami Battar.
It is a grand temple with 5 praharams, imposing towers and ornate Mandapams covering an area of 11 acres. Based on the inscriptions seen here, it is inferred that the stone base of the central shrine was in existence even during period of Raja Raja Cholan (early 11th century). It was during the period of Kulothunga Chola I (1075 - 1120) that the brick walls of the temple were replaced with stonewalls and the Mandapam in the front was constructed. The Rajagopuram is replete with images made of mortar, depicting the legends associated with the temple