This specimen of architectural grandeur built by Cholas in 995-100AD, in Subramanya Style at Thanjavur the capital of Cholas, 372 KM from Chennai. The 260 feet tall temple, with fourteen storey’s, has a square base so well-proportioned that it survived for centuries. Dedicated to God Shiva, it is octagonal in shape, decorated all around with Hindu Pantheon. The iconography is at its best here and images of Shiv Parvati are carved on the walls where you also find Pauranic stories. Though it is a Shiva temple, yet the images of incarnations of Vishnu-Narasimha, Krishna-can also be seen.