Early Chola Temples

by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam | 1960 | 105,501 words

This volume of Chola Temples covers Parantaka I to Rajaraja I in the timeframe A.D. 907-985. The Cholas of Southern India left a remarkable stamp in the history of Indian architecture and sculpture. Besides that, the Chola dynasty was a successful ruling dynasty even conquering overseas regions....

Minjur is in the Ponneri taluk of the Chingleput district at the 12th mile (19.3 km.) on the road from Tiruvorriyur to Ponneri. The modern Perumal was named in the past Sola-Kula-Sundara Vinnagar-Alvar. An inscription of the third year of Madhurantaka (134 of 1916) mentions that this temple was constructed in this year by a certain Kesavan Karugaikkon for the God Alivalakesava. The Government Epigraphist attributes it to Madhurantaka Uttama Chola. Sundara Chola had also the surname of Madhurantaka and though Madhurantaka would apply to both these rulers, I am inclined to attribute it to Sundara Chola because of the inclusion of the name of Sundara as part of the name of the temple.

Varadaraja temple (Vishnu)

An inscription of the 4th year of Rajendra I (133 of 1916) registers a gift of land for festivals in this temple. It also mentions another temple in this place called Kalladesvaram Udaiyar temple.

The Vishnu temple of Varadaraja might also have belonged to the days of Sundara Chola.

There are a Siva and a Vishnu temple here. It is a pity that both of them have been so completely renovated that they have lost their value as historical monuments.


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