The temple located in the centre of the town covers an area of 40 acres. It is one of the ancient temples of Tamil Nadu. The presiding deity of the temple is represented by air, one of the five elements of the universe and is known as Akasa Lingam. Dedicated to Lord Nataraja, this ancient temple of the Cholas is unique as it one of Panchabootha sthala in India - and it is one of the rare temples where Shiva is represented by an idol rather than the customary lingam. This temple is also having exquisite carvings giving importance to Bharathanatya postures, gestures, madras etc thus giving concrete evidences and throws lights on the Classical Dance of Tamil Nadu. This temple spread over an area of 40 acres with magnificent gopurams on each side. The temple is also distinguished by five sabhas or courts.
The eastern tower of the temple rises to a height of 40.8 meters. There are a 108 Bharatha Natyam dance poses can be seen on the Eastern tower as well as on Western tower. The Northern tower rises to a height of 42.4 meters is the tallest. This temple is also noted for its gold plated roof that adorns the sanctum sanctorum otherwise called as kanakasab ha. There are beautiful shrines dedicated to Govindaraja or Lord Vishnu, Subramanya, Ganesha and Sivakami Amman - the consort of Lord Nataraja. A sprawling Sivaganga tank on the North is an attractive master piece of art and the thousand pillar hall are other attractions.