This is the 117th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns
Lord Shiva is a Swayambumurthy in this west facing temple. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord for a week in Masi-February-March during the evenings when Surya Puja is performed in the temple.
Lords Brahmma and Vishnu, Sun, Moon, Sani Bhagwan, Gandharvas and trees of the celestial world had worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple.
The rays of Sun fall on the Lord for a week from Masi 18 (February-March) on the Lord during the evenings when Surya Puja is performed in the temple. The beneficial effects men and women get in various places by virtue of their birth, worships, thoughts and death are available to them in this single holy land and temple.
Devotees pray here for removal of delays in marriage, for child boon, conquering anger and cure from leprosy.
Lord Shiva in the temple is Swayambumurthi facing west. During the month of Masi (February-March) each year, the rays of Sun fall on the Lord during the evenings for a week when Surya Puja is performed.
There are five divine trees in the celestial world as Parijatha, Karpaga, Saanthanam, Hrichandan and Mandhara capable of offering any wish the devotee expects.
This power made them proud and grew to the extent of humiliating great Rishi Durvasa too. He cursed the trees to become gooseberry trees on earth whose fruits would be citric in taste as tamarind. With all His mercy, Lord Shiva granted them relief from the curse and enable them return back to their place.
He also gave this Nelli-gooseberry tree an importance among trees. These trees thus became lucky of serving the Lord. As Lord stayed under the Nelli tree, He came to be praised as Nellivana Nathar and place as Tiru Nellikka.
The first great 10 day Chithirai festival is celebrated in April-May. Aavani Mother Wedding Festival on the first Friday; Navarathri in September-October; Sashti in Aipasi-October-November; Thai Poosam and Dheep festival (Tiru Vilakku Puja) on last Thai Friday in January-February are the other festivals celebrated in the temple.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.