The pagodas at Chidambaram are the oldest in the south of India, and portions of them are gems of art.
There are many fine pagodas and monastic buildings in the town.
Buddhists, Hindus, Mussulmans, Parsees, Armenians and Jews all own lands and pagodas, temples, mosques, churches and synagogues.
The bestowal of alms, offerings of rice to priests, the founding of a monastery, erection of pagodas, with which the country is crowded, the building of a bridge or rest-house for the convenience of travellers are all works of religious merit, prompted, not by love of one's fellowcreatures, but simply and solely for one's own future advantage.
It is a large town with wide and airy streets, and is adorned with pagodas, gateways and other buildings of considerable pretension.