Thousand stories to tell: Standing in the courtyard, we could experience the grandeur and vigor that has come to stand as the hallmark of an era long lost in the sands of time. I asked the guard if there are actually one thousand pillars for which he said "yes". Well, I didn't have enough time to count it but if you are visiting then do count and let me know ????. Every pillar has unique figures carved on them. The 8-foot tall statue of Chandranatha Swami in the sanctum sanctorum was fascinating with a hush of silence and peace that envelops the temple.