Porthamarai Kulam (Pond with the golden lotus), the sacred pond inside the temple, is 165 ft (50 m) by 120 ft (37 m) in size. According to legend, Shiva promised a stork that no fish or other marine life would grow here and thus no marine animals are found in the lake. In the Tamil legends, the lake is supposed to be a judge for judging a worth of a new literature. Authors place their works here and the poorly written works are supposed to sink and the scholastic ones are supposed to float.
When we were there, the monsoons hadn’t arrived and the pond was dry.

There were some women sweeping it to clean it.

The centerpiece is a golden lotus blossom.

I was really there.