Later Chola Temples
Temples in Kaniyamur
Kaniyamur is a village in the Kallakkurichchi talpk of the South Arcot district and is two kms. from Chinna Salem on the Chinna Salem-Kallakkurichchi road. In this village there is a temple called that of Kanakasolisvarar. It is a Later Chola temple. On the north wall of the main shrine, there is an inscription of an unspecified Kulottunga who may be taken to be Kulottunga I.
The temple consists of the garbhagriha, the ardhamandapa, and the mukhamandapa. There is a Nandi in front, and the small Amman shrine of Soundarya Nayaki is located just north of it. There is a prakara enclosed by walls, with a simple gateway in front.
The devakoshtas on the walls of the mdhamandapa have a dancing Ganapati and Durga. Dakshinamurti, Vishnu and Brahma are on the garbhagriha walls. Kumbha-pancharas adorn the front portion of the garbhagriha both to the north and to the south.
The srivimana is eka-tala; the griva and the sikhara are octagonal. The griva-koshtas are adorned with Yoga-Dakshinamurti (south), Yoga-Narasimha (west) and Brahma (north).
Ganapati and Shanmukha are housed in the western section of the tiruch-churru-maligai. The Chandesvarar shrine is north of the ardhamandapa. Bronzes of Ganapati, Chandrasekharar and Pidari are housed on the platform on the north side of the mukhamandapa.