Puranic Background:

Sri Gatra Sundareswarar was in a deep Yoga (meditation) after Sati gave her life in Daksha’s Yagam. Tarakasur and Simhamukhasur had become invincible with a boon from Lord Brahma, that only a son of Shiva could cause their demise. All the gods prayed to Lord Vishnu for a solution to the menace of demons. Vishnu created Manmatha (God of Love) to awaken Lord Shiva and wed Parvati. As a result of their courtship, Katikeya was born in Kanchanagrama or Kanjanagaram.