This temple is more famously known for its mammoth Nataraja probably the biggest in the world which is so exquisite and ancient it is also known as Nataraja temple.
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Legends and stories:
The temple was built by Sembilan mahadevi the queen of Kandaradhitya Chola grand parents of Raja raja Chola.
King Varaguna pandiyan ordered for the Shilpi here to sculpt a Nataraja but it was not complete hence a deadline was issued with death as a penalty if it was not completed. Answering the prayers of the distraught sculptor Siva and Parvathi came here and consumed the pancha loha metal and stood as idols here. Each and every small mole, skin tag and vein on the Nataraja is so naturally done
There is a Vaidhyanathan koil behind who is very famous in curing any ill health including Leprosy. Dull students consume the theertham of the pond as Gnana Kozhumbu for success.
The vimana above the sanctum sanctorum is of Ashtadwarapala design.as the ashta dikpalakas worshipped here
Yama worshipped the Durga here to dispel fear after he was scared after being kicked by Lord Shiva at Thirukadaiyur.
Nala and Damayanthi worshipped here and found the effect of Shani was waning after their visit here, hence Shani is seen in a separate eastern sannidhi with white clothes