tirukkovil was built by the redoubtable Tribhuvana Chakravarti as a
standing memorial to his digvijaya yatra to the North; and it is
standing as a tower of victory heralding his military prowess. The
exquisite sculpture adorning the 160-foot-high tower, and inside
walls speak high of his devotional fervor. It is a very big temple
and conforms to every detail of the temple construction, enunciated
by Sekkilar. The legend behind the archamurti narrates that Siva
assumed a strange Sarabha form - half human and half animal to
subduing the divine fury of Lord Vishnu, who incarnated as Narasimha
to killing that asuradhama Hiranyakasipu, boasting of this
Ahambrahmasni creed. The sculptors' mastery strikes the eye from
every frame of the temple. This temple has vast courtyards and
innumerable minishrines for the adorable gods. It was visited by the
Navalars who immortalised its glory in fine lyrics.
is about 8 km off Kumbhakonam, the temple city of great renown and
commands both rail and road facilities.