is a typical Pallava temple built in the Dravidian architectural
style, and it belongs to eighth century. The inner walls of the
Sivan Tirukkovil are adorned with many panels. Among them, the
tops the list and bears the marks of excellent craftsmanship,
together with the patron's adorable refinement. Built on the sea
shore and facing east, it enjoyed
a glorious past, but unfortunately the impact of tidal waves beating
it ceaselessly, corrosion had set in and robbed away its splendor.
It is now in ruins, yet the grandeur
of construction and majesty of the tower wrings veneration. There is
another temple here dedicated to Vishnu. Standing against the back
drop of vast blue waters of
Bay of Bengal, its enchantment keeps the aesthetes for hours with
its eyeful sights. They feel elated at its loveliness and the
rhythmic melody of the waves that seem singing in praise of the Lord
lies 21 km off Madras and is accessible by buses.