The history of the sacred shrine is dealt with briefly in the "Skanda Purana". The famous epic on Lord Muruga has been penned by Vyasa. Here, the presiding deity Bhimeswara is 18 foot tall, resembling fine crystal texture. One can see black stripes on the upper part of Linga. Those scar-like lines are said to be the markings of the tiger skin worn by Shiva when he was in disguise of a hunter when he fought with Arjuna. This holy pilgrimage is one of the rare places, where the God and Goddess are held equally important. There are many fabulous sketches scattered in many of the sacred Puranas about the "Swayambhu" facet of the God's existence here. This temple is a protected monument and to create beautiful and divine atmosphere, the Archaeological Department has undertaken the maintenance and renovation works.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To get rid of mental ailments
- To get over peace
- wealth and power
- For general well-being
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.
Daily Dharma Darshan: 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays: 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rest of the days: 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.