Ekambareswarar Temple, spread across an area of 25 acres is one of the largest temples in India, with the main entrance tower ( raja gopuram) rising upto 55 metres, again one of the largest temple towers in India. It was originally built by the Pallavas in the 7th century AD and was later pulled down and rebuilt by the Cholas. Further extensions have been made by the Vijayanagara kings as well.
The temple is one of the pancha bootha sthalas i.e. one of the five temples, each representing one of the five physical elements of Fire, Water, Earth, Air and Space. Of these, the element of Earth is represented in this temple.