King did not waste time and within six months visited Narmada River with 64 merchants and
brought the Sivalingam. It is said that when the Sivalingam was taken out of the water, it
went on increasing in size; that is why the Lingam is known as
Brihadeswara.It took 12 years to complete the construction-of the emple, which is
the tallest in South India.
The Great Vimana built over the sanctum sanctorum
is 216 feet high with 14 storeys. The style of construction is
peculiar to the South and is akin to Orissan art of construction of temples, like
Bhuvaneswar. The site on which it was constructed is said to be the place where the great
sage Naimisaranya lived in
meditation and prayer.