This temple is situated near Kutchery Road, Mylapore. This ancient Siva temple is a delightful introduction to Dravidian temple sculpture and architecture. The magnificent 37 meter tall gopuram is one of the main attractions of this temple. It is very famous for its astonishing sculpture, which has an interesting story behind it. It is believed that a saint known as Gnanasambandar sung and brought a dead girl back to life.
The goddess Parvati is believed to be the wife of Shiva according to the Hindu religious belief. Here goddess Parvati been depicted as peacock and she is worshipping the lingam or the idol of Lord Shiva. We can also observe the bronze carvings of the 63-Shaivate saints, which are carried in procession during the Aruvathumoovar festival, which is held in March-April. In the courtyard of the temple there is a holy Punnai tree, which is one of the oldest trees of Chennai city.
Often, in the evenings, dance and music programmes take place on the vast and beautiful temple grounds. Just outside the temple is the famous Mada Street market which is alive and bustling all day long, and where you can buy all sorts of unusual things. Look out for gypsy ladies selling beads. They're cheap and very pretty.
Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the inner courtyard of the temple, but there is plenty to see in the outer courtyard. [more]