Thiruthangal which is located on the road from Virudhunagar to Sivakasi is one of the 108 sacred abodes of Lord Vishnu. The area around Thiruthangal has been under occupation since 4000 BC.
It is believed that the three Sangam age poets, namely Mudakkorranar, Porkollan Vennahanar and Athireyan Sengannanar have lived in this town. The ancient name of the town was Thangal, and it has been mentioned in the Silappadikaram.
Ninranarayanaperumal Koil Temple which has been dedicated to Lord Vishnu during the rule of the Pandyas is located in Thiruthangal atop a low hillock. The temple was later renovated in the 10th century and also completely reconstructed during the rule of the Nayaks.
Bhuthalvar and Tirumangaialavar have sung many a hymns in praise of the temple. A bronze statue of the later was installed in the temple when it was renovated in the 10th century.