Legends: Shiva bent forward to allow a devotee to adorn him with a garland. The river Manni is a derivation of the name Subramanya nadhi. Being an Upadesa Stalam makes it an important shrine. Brahma was absolved of the stain of making a false claim of having ascended the column of fire where Shiva manifested himself.
Temple: This temple is built on an elevation. High fort walls and towering Rajagopurams with many images adorn this temple. The Vimana has three kalasams. Raja Raja Chola II gave many grants to this temple. Images of the stalapuranams are carved in the 16 pillared hall.