Skanda occupies a position of
importance in this ancient Shiva temple built on a hill, accessed by a motorable road as
well as through a flight of steps. This is one of the several hill temples in the vicinity
of Salem, the others being Kanjamalai,
Tiruchengode is an ancient shrine, referred
to by Illango Adigal in his epic work Silappadikaram of the Sangam
period (early 1st millennium CE) as one of the abodes of Skanda (along with Tiruchendur). Tiruchengode has also been revered by the Tevaram hymns of Tirugnana Sambandar and is referred to as Kodimaada
The presiding deity here is Ardhanareeswarar - an image of the man-woman
manifestation of Shiva and Parvati enshrined in the sanctum, a bronze image constituting
the processional image.
The shrine to Sengottu Velavar - Murugan is of great importance. It is
visited by several on special occasions such as Sashti and Krittikai. The image is said to
be a self manifested one.