The foundation of this temple in Kerling is sacredly cradled by the adjacent flowing river, which abundantly nourishes the revered ground. Eras ago, a wandering ‘sadhu’ (spiritual monk), had meditated on the river bank, for the spiritual sustenance of the land. He was brought out of his tranquil contemplation, by the wailing cries of a married couple. Startled, he then strolled towards the couple, and enquired the reason for their tumultuous behaviour. The couple gloomily replied they were ill-fated, trodden with bad luck, and lacked the will to be alive, as they were not blessed with offspring. Upon hearing this, the monk considerately admonished them, and gave valuable advice on how to deal with unfavourable circumstances in life. Instinctively, the monk then waded into the river, until the iridescent water reached his waist, and heaved out a glowing, dense, rock resembling ‘Bala Murugan’ (baby form of Lord Subramaniar).