Legends: Dakshinamurthy preached to the gods who had swooned under the impact of the poison that came from the churning of the milky ocean. Parvati is said to have been reborn on the banks of Amrita Pushkarini and later on reunited with Shiva. Viswamitrar worshipped Shiva here.
Temple: There are 15 theerthams in this temple. It occupies an area of about 1.25 acres, surrounded by lofty walls. One of the theerthams is a well located in the temple and it is referred to as the Jnana koopam. East of the temple is the Poolaivala river, whose waters are used in abhishekam. Inscriptions dating back to the period of Vikrama Chola (1131), are seen here. There are shrines here to Surya, Gurumoksheswarar, Somanathar, Saptarishi nathar,Someswarar, Vishnunathar and Bhrameesar, Kaasi Viswanathar and Visalakshi.
Festivals: The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai. In addition, Navaratri, Skanda Sashti, Aadi Puram, Arudra Darisanam, Kartikai Deepam, Thai Poosam and Pankuni Uththiram are celebrated here.