Legends: Shiva recited the Vedas as a Brahmmachari here prior to his marrying Parvati. Hence the name Sonnavaararivar; the name Manavalanathar is given after marrying Parvati. Shiva blessed Agni and Varunan here. The river Kaveri surrounded the temple but the change in its course has resulted in the shrine being on its southern bank. Sundarar is believed to have been relieved of his ailment after a bath in the temple tank here.
Temple: This temple has a Raja Gopuram, two prakarams, and a separate temple for Ambal in the outer Prakaram.
Parvati expressed her desire to Shiva to have an earthly wedding. Shiva obliged and was reborn as the daughter of Bharata Muni. Shiva emerged from the lingam at Tirutturutti; Bharata Muni approached Shiva for his hand in marriage to Parvati. The name Sonnavaararivaar stems from this legend.This temple faces the west and covers an area of an acre. Inscriptions from Raja Raja Cholan's are seen here. The Chola queen Sembian Mahadevi rebuilt this temple in stone. The niches around the ardhamandapam and the garba griha contain images of Vinayakar, Natarajar, Dakshinamurthy, Agastyar, Lingodbhavar, Bhrama, Bhikshatanar, Ardhanareeswarar and Durga.
Festivals: The annual Brahmmotsavam is observed in the month of Chittirai. Other festivals celebrated here include Navaratri, Kartikai Deepam, Sivaratri and Skanda Sashti.