Because I was unfamiliar with the norms, I accompanied a buddy who is now married to a Tamil Brahmin. She let me tour the temple because she was well-versed in Tamil customs and ceremonies.
I enjoy investigating architecture, and seeing such a temple for the first time was a dream come true for me. The temple exuded all the South Indian feelings imaginable. Majestic Gates with sacred emblems, Gajra Stalls, and so forth.