The famous temple is located at a height of 83m high on a massive outcrop. The ancient rock was first hewn by The PALLVAS and PANDYAS, who cut small cave temples on its south side, but it was the NAYAK’S who later made srategic use of the naturally fortified position. There are over 400 stone cut steps to climb the top. A gold-topped tower rises over its snctum, which houses a 2 m high Shiva Lingam. The 6th century Pallava cava temple will also fall on the way while reaching the temple. The temple complex has three shrines, two of the shrines are dedicated to Lord Ganesha, one at the foot and the Ucchi Pillayar Temple at the top, and the Thayumanavar Temple is located between them.