Gneelivaneswarar Temple God Shiva in this temple is called as Gneelivaneswarar. Shiva is in the form Swayambu linga. There are many names for Shiva in this temple like Kathali Vasanthar, Gneelivaneswarar, Paramasambu, Aaraniya Vallaver and Eluthariya Perumal. But the famous and well known name is Gneelivaneswarar. There are many who have worshipped in this temple. Mahavishnu, Indiran, Kamadhenu, Adiseshan, Vayu Bhaghvan, Agni Bhaghvan, Rama piran, Arjuna, Vasishta, Sudhamamunivar, Sapta Rishis, Musukunda Chola, Kaliyugarama Pandiyan, Viyakirasuran, Sivamithiran, Padumakarpan, Sutharman, Ankamithiran are worshipped in this temple. Legend Says Viyakirapatha Munivar and Patanjali Munivar went to Kailasam to see Shiva’s dance that time Shiva told, go to Chidambaram, there I will give my Nataraja Darshan. As per Shiva’s words, they went to Chidambaram; Shiva gave his darshan to them on the day of thaipoosam. By hearing this incident, Vasishta Munivar asked Shiva, “When I will see this Darshan in Chidambaram?” Shiva told him, “I will give Nataraja Dharshan to you in Gneelivanamagiya Thirupangneeli”. As per that, Shiva gave Nataraja Dharshan to Vasishta Munivar in Rathina Sabha of this temple. So this temple is also called as Melai Chidambaram.