Legends: Vaali worshipped Shiva at the entrance to the temple while a squirrel worshipped from the South and a crow from the North, hence the name Kuranganilmuttam. Hanuman worshipped Shiva here.
Temple: The sanctum faces west, although the entrance to it is from the South. The temple is built on a rock, and there are inscriptions here from the days of Krishna Deva Raya. There is unfinished rock cut temple in the vicinity of Kuranganil muttam dating back to the Pallava period and some with inscriptions.