The temple graced by Lord Anugnai Vinayaka has its Vimana ? tower above the sanctum sanctorum ? is of Tridala design. The Rajagopura has five tiers. Lord Shiva is facing north while Lord Dakshinamurthy on the Koshta (wall around the sanctum) is facing south.
Lord Chandikeswara is facing west against traditional south and Lord Brahamma east against north. Lord Muruga with his consorts Valli and Deivanai are above the Navagrahas - the nine planets to facilitate worshipping of those affected by Mars planet adverse aspects. Lord Muruga is the deity of Planet Mars. There is also a separate shrine for Sani Bhagwan-Saturn.
Saptha Kannikas, the Seven Virgins prayed to Lord Shiva to protect them from the sins caused by killing demon Doomralochana. Lord Shiva is believed to be their security in this place.
He also destroyed the demon. Devotees consider Mother Chamundi here as Mother Durga. Hence, there is no special shrine for Mother Durga. Worships to Mother Durga are offered in Shiva shrine itself. Pujas during Rahukala time are performed to Lord Shiva and Mother Durga simultaneously.
Lord Shiva graces as Vamadeva Swyambu (facing north). Cauvery flows in front of the temple. Remembering the occasion of Lord Shiva granting darshan to the Saptha Kannikas, Lord visits Cauvery with Mother Ambica. Also Lords of 7 Shiva temples around the place visit Cauvery the same day, same time.
It is a rare opportunity for the devotees to worship 8 Lord Shivas simultaneously. The first part of Aipasi Tula Snanam (bathing in Cauvery in October-November is followed devotionally here with Kalai Kadambar (morning) Sokkar (midday) and Eengoinathar (evening) worships.
Morning worship is considered very beneficialwith multiple profits including the one of worshipping the Lord in Kasi in north. The place also has the reputation of being called Dakshina Kasi ? Kasi of South.
Devas of the celestial world appealed to Mother Ambica to protect them from the atrocities of Demon Doomralochana. Mother took the form of Durga and fought with the demon. As his boons were very strong, he fought with equal might with Mother.
Mother began to feel weak. Lord Shiva deputed Saptha Kannikas to fight him. The demon could not stand their force and hid himself in the hermitage of Maharshi Kathyayana.
The virgins mistook the Rishi as the demon and eliminated him and thus incurred Brahmmahathi dosha ? a sin that would make the sinner dark with a gruesome face. As advised by Ambica, they performed penance on Lord Shiva and got relieved of the sin when Lord granted them darshan from the Kadamba tree.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
13 day Masi Brahmmotsavam in February-March, Thai Poosam in January-February, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Aaipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.