Stepping inside, I marveled at the spacious and well-maintained courtyard, known as the prakaram. The prakaram houses several smaller shrines dedicated to various deities. The highlight, of course, is the main shrine, where the massive Shiva lingam stands as the principal deity. The inner walls of the temple are adorned with vibrant frescoes depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, showcasing the artistic mastery of the Chola dynasty.
The Nandi Mandapam, situated in front of the main shrine, houses a gigantic monolithic Nandi statue, the sacred bull and vehicle of Lord Shiva. The attention to detail in the sculpture is remarkable, with each muscle and fold of skin intricately carved.