The Nataraja Temple located in centre of
the town. It is one of the most ancient temples of Tamil Nadu. The top
roof of the sanctrum sanctorum is covered with gold plates and strings.
The presiding deity of the temple is
representative of air, one of the five elements of the universe, and is known as
'Akasa Lingam'. There is a shrine known as Chitrakootam dedicated to lord
Govindarajan.adjacent to the Nataraja shrine. There are five halls in the temples - Nritha Sabha is the Hall of Immortal
Dance. This sabha has fifty pillars depicting dancing figures. Here, the stone
pulsates with rhythm and life. Deva sabha is the hall of festivals and meeting
place of the administrators. The Raja sabha is the 1000 pillars-hall measuring
103 meters and 58 meters wide where the Pandya, the Cholas and others celebrated
The Sivakamiamman temple, the Sivaganga Tank and the thousand pillar hall are also
important features of the temple.
Kali Temple the Thillai Kali
Amman Temple is at the northern end of the town. It was built by a Chola king
who ruled between 1229 A.D and 1278 A.D.
It is a residential university, founded by Raja Sri annamlai Chetiar. It is on
the eastern outskirts of the town and is a great center of TamilNadu learning
and Karnatic music.