The descendants of Pandya dynasty discarded by Thirumala
Naicker Diwan of Raja Vijayanagar, who was then ruling
the Pandya Kingdom, comprising of Madurai,Tirunelveli, Ramananthapuram,
were living scattered in places like Valliyur, Tenkasi, Shengottah,
Achankovil and Sivagiri. At that time, Pandyas were ruling
in many parts of Travancore. The descendants of Pandya dynasty
belonging to Chempazhanattu Kovil, living in Sivagiri were
given the right to rule the country of Pandalam, by the King
of Travancore eight hundreds years ago. King Rajasekara was
the direct descendant of this dynasty
King Rajasekara was very talented, courageous and
just in his deeds. People were living happily and prosperously
during his regime. However, the king was very unhappy that
he had no children and his subjects were also worried that
he had no heir to inherit his kingdom. As per the wish of
the queen, both of them prayed Lord Shiva for blessing them
with a child.
Mahishasuran, Son of Ramban, undertook a severe penance (Dhavam).
Lord Brahma tried to distract his concentration, but having
failed in his attempts, he appeared before the Asura and blessed
him with a boon. Mahishasuran asked Lord Brahma to give him
a boon by which no man in the earth would be able to kill
him, and Lord Brahma conferred the boon on him.