The main temple is between two rectangular areas. There is a tall tower above it. The tower is 66 metres (217 ft) high.
The temple was built by RajaRaja Chola I in 1010 CE. There was a great celebration in 2010 when the temple turned 1000 years old.
The temple is also known as Periya Kovil, RajaRajeshwara Temple, Peruvudaiyar Kovil and RajaRajeshwaram.