name of the temple is disputed. Some say that at first it was only Sankarar's Koil and
later Narayana was introduced. But at present the Sankaranayinar image is half Sankara
(Siva) and half Narayana. The right portion of the image is smeared with sandal
paste and has the emblem of Siva, with cobra around his head, deer, moon, etc.
The left side is Vishnu having Sankham and Chakra.
Both are carved in one figure, depicting the oneness of Hari and Hara.
The legend says that Gomati Amman, the consort of Siva, wanted to see Hari and Hara as one
and the same murti.