The legend behind this temple is that a servant of the king of Urayur brought some Sevvandhi flowers meant for Shiva pooja and gave it to the king. The king in turn gave them to his two wives. The elder wife offered it to Lord Shiva while the other adorned her hair with them. While Tirukattupalli where the first wife lived became famous, Urayur where the second wife lived was destroyed. Sri Yoga Dakshinamurthy graces in the corridor (prakara) around the presiding deity. The main tower (rajagopuram) is a five - tier model. The flag post (kodimaram or dwajasthamba) is covered with copper. Lord Vinayaka graces from the right side. Inside the temple on the right is the shrine of Goddess Mother facing south. She is seen in a standing form. Dwarapalakas guard the entrance of the shrine. There is also another Vinayaka within the shrine. Lord Arthanareeswara is with Lingodhbava. Next is the shrine for Lord Muruga and His consorts Valli and Devayani. Then come the shrines of Kasi Viswanathar with Mother Visalakshmi, Gajalakshmi and Durga. On the right side of front hall (Maha Mandapam) are Bhairavar and Nalvar (Gnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar).
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Excellence in education
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
5.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.