King Rajendra Chola built this temple and dedicated it to Siva as a monument to commemorate his conquests in the North. Sri Choleswarar temple looks similar to the Brihadeeswarar shirne of Thanjavur. The Lingam is more than four metres high and the peetam is 18.5 metres in circumference. Here is a monolithic representation of Navagrahas in the shape of a chariot. The sculptures of Chandeswarar and Gnanasaraswathi are of very fine workmanship. The annual Annabhishekam around November draws thousands of devotees. Holy Ganga water is offered to the Lord daily in the form of Dhaara.