The legend is that Lord Muruga used this place as the base camp in his battle against the demon Tarakasur.
The idol at this temple is like a commander or Senapathi.
Tiruchendur is considered second in importance among the Aarupadai shrines. First being the Palani temple.
The temple is so close to the sea that the water of Gulf of Mannar (Bay of Bengal) lashes at its eastern wall.
The present temple is relatively new; though the worship is age-old. It received the patronage of Pandya kings and the Kerala king Marthanda Varma.
The temple is 40 kilometers from Tirunelveli.
Regular bus and train services are there from Tirunelveli.
Tiruchendur is the nearest rail-head.