This ancient Siva temple, situated at Mylapore is little more that 350 years old and is
considered by Hindus to be one of the most sacred Hindu, sites in Southern Part of India.
The temple is the biggest in the city and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
It contains inscriptions
dating back to the 13th century AD, and is a fine specimen of the Dravidian style of
architecture. The 37 metre gopuram is especially noteworthy for its intricate carvings
depicting tales from Hindu mythology.
Some other special features of the temple are the
Bronze statues of 63 Saivite saints, the figures of these 63 nayanmars are carried in a
colorful procession on the eighth day of the 10-day Arupathumoovar temple festival held in
March-April every year.