Ekambareswarar Temple


This large Shiva temple, built originally by the Pallavas and later improved upon by the Chola and the Vijayanagara kings, has five Prakarams (enclosures) and a thousand pillared hall. The massive outer walls and the gateway towers (Gopuram) were built by Krishna Deva Raya in 1509 AD. Here, Shiva is worshipped in the form of one of the elements - Earth (Prithvi).The mango tree behind the Sanctum is said to be 3,500 years old and still bears fruit.