The temple is built on an extensive area in a very picturesque spot, surrounded
by the ruins of a historic fort.The impressive main tower at the entrance,be
lieved to have been built by the Pandyan Kings, has some beautiful sculptures depicting scenes from the epics. According to historical records, Malayadhwaja Pandyan,
son of Kulasekhara Pandyan, who is said to have established the Pandy
an kingdom, appears to be the earliest known monarch who patronised this temple.