Lord Narayana grants darshan from the sanctum sanctorum generally in three forms - standing, sitting or reclining. His eagle vehicle Garuda appears either just opposite the Lord or by a side. As the story goes, since Perumal set out fast on Garuda to help a king in this place, He appears on the Garuda in the sanctum sanctorum too.
This is a very rare form in a Vishnu temple. Hence, Garuda Seva is followed in the temple every day.It is believed that Sage Mrigandu is still worshipping in this temple invisibly. It is also believed that Perumal would appear on Garuda, if Mrigasheersha starrers worship here as often as they could or on the star day.
Procession deity Sri Aadhinarayana Perumal graces with His discuss and conch along with consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi. Those seeking a job commensurate with their qualification and a job with a decent package are advised to perform abishek to Perumal on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Besides Mrigasheersha starrers praying in this temple for relief from adverse planetary effects, those seeking child boon, early happy wedding crossing the obstacles, afflicted by Naga dosha-snake aspects, Pakshi dosha-bird aspects, suffering from skin diseases, threatened by enemies.
Sage Bruhu was performing penance here surrounded by Vanni trees. A chola king raised high sounds to hunt a lion thus interrupting the penance of the sage. He cursed the king that he would have a lion?s face as he has chosen this place for hunting where sages are engaged in penance.
The king begged for a remedy. The sage suggested that he bathed in Vettraru river known as Vruddha Cauvery and worship Perumal. The king followed the advice of the sage and got back his human face. The place assumed importance for Mrigasheersha star as the king was relieved from the Mriga (animal) face.
This is a Vaishnava temple with presiding deity Perumal appears on Garuda in the sanctorum itself. We see Perumal in temples in sitting, standing or reclining form only. The Lord appears on Garuda only during festivals. This is a temple where Garuda Seva is available to the devotee every day. Mrigasheersha starrers worship here for quick solutions to problems they face.
The temple is open from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. in the evenings.
Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January, Garuda Panchami, Gokhulashtami in August-September and Sri Rama Navami in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.