Legends: Indra is said to have worshipped Shiva here. The Namachivaya mantiram was revealed to Parvati here. An interesting legend states that the mortal remains of a devotee of Shiva turned into gems when they were immersed in the Vishnu Theertham here. Other legends are centered around the atonement of killing of a Chola king. There is a legend surrounding the scar marks on the Shivalingam, said to have caused by a local ruler in his attempt to free his chariot from a cluster of creepers enclosing the Shivalingam.
Temple: This temple was built and worshipped by Killivalavan a Sangam ruler. Inscriptions from the Vijayanagar and Maratha period are seen here. The prakaram has shrines dedicated to Kothaiammai, Vishnu, Lakshmi, Karpaka Vinayakar and others. The stalavriksham - the mullai creeper can be seen here entwined around another tree.
Festival: This temple celebrates Maasi makam and Vaikaasi Visaakam.