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 Adikudi

Adikudi village lies on the north bank of the Kaveri about three miles from Tiruchy town on the road to Lalgudy (Tiruchy district). It was a brahmadeya village. In this village there is an Early Chola temple now known as that of Ankuresvara. On the left jamb of the entrance to the central shrine, there is an inscription of the third regnal year of a Parakesarivarman which can be assigned to Parantaka I. It registers an endowment of land by two residents of this village for feeding 25 brahmans and for the celebration of the Masi festival for seven days ending in a hunting festival (tiruvettai) to God Isvara Bhattaraka (the old name of the main deity of this temple). In the process of remodelling, the original structure has been interfered with so much that it is not possible to infer about its old features in the early Chola period.

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