Legends: Shiva appeared as a column of fire before Parvati in answer to her prayers, hence the name Semmeninaathar. Shiva is also called Arumbeswarar and Kaanoor Mulai. Parasuramar also worshipped at this shrine.
Temple: This temple has a single prakaram and a three-tiered Rajagopuram. Inscriptions date back to the 13th century. The sun's rays illuminate the sanctum during the month of Chittirai for a period of three days.