Thirucherai was earlier known as Sara-Kshetra. Once Lord Brahma was looking to make a container to store all the secrets of creation before the end of Yuga. He tested the clay materials from many places and was satisfied with the earth from this region. This Kshetra is famous for many temples built by Pallavas, Cholas and Vijayanagar kings. Sara Parameshwara temple in Thirucherai is very popular as a “Remover of debts”. Parvati here is fondly called Jnyanavalli. Devotees visit this ancient temple to perform a special sacrifice called ‘Runa Vimochana Homa’.