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Temple Idols

The temple is surrounded by 12 gopurams(gateway tower), the tallest of which, the famous southern tower, rises to over 170 ft (52 m) and was built in the year 1559. The oldest gopuram is the eastern one, built by Maravarman Sundara Pandyan during 1216-1238.

 

Each gopuram is a multi-storeyed structure, covered with thousands of stone figures of animals, gods and demons painted in bright hues. The outer gopuram presents steeply pyramidal tower encrusted with plastic figures, while the inner gopuram serves as the entrance to the inner enclosure of Sundareswarar shrine.

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Uploaded on January 10, 2012