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Historical Background:

Sattainathar temple is a huge temple-complex with as many as 22 waterbodies. This temple is also referred as Hari-Hara Kshetra and hence the name Sattainathar. Sattainathar temple is believed to be more than 13 centuries old. The installation of Shivalingam is believed to be much older. Medieval Cholas, Pallavas, Pandians and other kings have developed and renovated the temple complex. The temple is in three levels with three different installations. Brahmapureeswarar, Periyanayakar and Sattainathar. Periyanayakar is also known as Thoniappar relating to Pralaya (flood). Sattainathar temple is also referred to as Ashta Bhairava Kshetra.
This temple is said to have seen development for at least three centuries during the reign of Cholas.