Its extraordinary grandeur is
heightened by its superb finish and dazzling Surface It is adorned on the forehead by by three
rectangular strips of shining silver with a ruby in the middle, standing for ash marks and vermilion. The
remarkable dignified Siva Linga is installed on a high flat dias called Avudayar measuring 54"
circumference and 6 feet in height. The beauty of the ornament on forehead and white cloth adorning
the Linga are beyond description. And according to belief Gods worship it at nights in their ethereal
forms. On account of its abnormal size and exceptional height, an elevated platform is specially built
for the priests to stand and perform archana, harati abhishekam etc. This Sivalinga has
many other august names such as Adavallan, Dakshinameruvitankan, Peruvidayar etc.
It is unique in every respect.
As we stand agape at its stupendous size and ethereal splendour, the sublime figure, of
Rajaraja Chola I, flashes across our -mina and beckons us to offer our soulful prayers for
universal progress and perpetual bliss. Instantly we close our eyes and pay obeisance to Lord Siva-the
All-merciful. Sure our homage goes to both the builder and the built; for; Rajaraja I
equally deserves our respectable thanks for having created and bequeathed this monumental monument; and Lord
Siva for creating such a priceless gem as ruler, who strove for liberation of mankind by creating an
exceptionally enormous. Outstandingly dignified and structurally perfect sacred Siva
Linga that instills pure devotion and commands whole hearted dedication as its mere sight. Before
we step out, our lips are tempted to let out involuntarily, HARAHARA MAHADEV testifying to the
miraculous change brought out by that living Siva Linga, the sacred manifestation of Sadasiva-the
All-merciful. First let us turn to antiquity.