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....

Temples in Vellore

Another built during his age is the Panna-pesvara temple at Velur (Vellore) in the North Arcot district. In its suburb called Velurppadi (modern Velappadi), there is a hill close by named Sudaduparai (modem Bavaji or Bhagavati hill). On this hill, a certain Pannappai built in the 26th regnal year of Kannaradeva (a.d. 966), a Siva temple named Pannapesvaram after her. To this temple a gift of the village of Velurppadi was made by a relation of the builder of the temple, and a feudatory of Kannaradeva named Nolamba Tribhuvanadhira alias Pallava Murari (A.R. no. 10 of 1897; E.I. IV, pp. 81-83).

As stated already, this study of the early Chola temples is not a complete survey. Owing to limitation of time and facilities, I have confined myself only to those monuments which were easily accessible and for which some tangible evidence for fixing their age was available. I shall, however, casually mention some more temples which could be assigned to this period.

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