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 Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram is a celebrated ancient city of temples. One of the famous temples in this city is the temple of Ekambanathar (later known as Ekambaranathar). Its sacred tank is called the Sarva-tirtham on the south side of the road leading to Kailasanathar temple. On the south bund of this tank there are two temples, Lakshmanesvaram and Seethesvaram.


Seethesvaram faces the east. It consists of the garbhagriha and the ardhamandapa. The devakoshta figures are Ganapati and Yoga-Dakshinamurti (on the south side), Vishnu (on the west side) and Brahma and Durga (on the north side).

The figures of the griva are also interesting; viz. Vinadhara Dakshinamurti in the south, Lingod-bhavar in the west, Brahma in the north and Bala-subrahmanya in the east.

In view of the installation of Lingodbhavar in the griva, the temple may be assigned tentatively to the period of Parantaka I.

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