famous ancient Saiva kshetra has etched its memorable name on the
pages of history. Its architectural sculpture won wide appreciation.
The inner south wall of the first enclosure is adorned with bas
relief's of 108 Saiva saints in a masterly way. The Dwarapalakas of
this shrine are brought from Kalyan, the capital of Chalukyas by
Chola king after defeating them in the battle. They are a fine
specimen of sculpture, and incidentally reflect the patron's glory.
Another marvel ! The side stones adorning the flight of steps
leading to sacrificial alter - Balipitham emit seven distinct sounds
as mentioned in Musicology. Moreover, the outer wall of garbha griha
is embellished with the carvings of many scenes of Periapuranam. It
also contains a niche for Yama - the God of Death. It is indeed a
sculptural and spiritual open air museum adorned with rare relics.
Though it is almost in ruins, it is luring theists. There is another
separate individual temple for Mother Parvathi very near to this
spiritual treasure, but lack of maintenance, its due glory is
obscured. A standing specimen of hollow modernity swallowing the
is 5 km off Kumbhakonam, commanding all facilities.