History and Legends of the temple:
Saint Thirugnana Sambandar was singing the glory of Lord, and passing through this place. there was heavy floods in Cauvery. The saint could not cross the river to reach the place. He sang in praise of Lord from the other side of the river, but the sound could not reach the temple clearly. Vinayaka in the temple turned His ear to the direction of the sound and enjoyed the hymns with a smile. He bent one of His legs, sat in a half-sitting form with His ears wide open and head tilted to one side . A sculpture depicting this story is in the temple. Sevi sayitha vinayakar
Brahma was released of his cursed for lying when he said he had seen the top part of Shivain the lingothbavar form . He prayed here and got relief from the curse.
The Navagrahas have also come here and prayed to Shiva here as depicted in the carvings, Parvathy devi is also shown to be praying to shiva here.
The temple has a beautiful Rajagopuram.
There are two Nandi’s guarding the door. the whole temple is more than 1 1/2 acres big!.
the main gopuram leads to a garden with a huge pond
This leads to the outer praharam
Beyond this we see the inner praharam
The main sannithi of Shiva is seen next
There is a resplendent Shiva inside .
There is a seperate sannidhi for the ambal which also faces east to the left of the main sannidhi
There are exquisite carvings on all the pillars and the side walls of the temple which show multiple devathas praying to Shiva like agni Chandra, parvathy, Vyagrapada, brahma , Surya ,Nagas,etc
The outer praharam has a sannidhi for the Sevi saitha vinayakar alluded to before
The kosta vigrahas of brahma, bhikshandar, dakshinamurthy,etc are all seen
There is a separate Shanishwara as well as a navagraha sannidhi seen below
Appar, Sundarar, Manickavasagar, thirugnanasambhandar and sekkizhar are represented here
More pics of the carvings on the pillar
A very artistic, calm and history rich place!!