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....

Iravasthana Isvaram

The Iravasthana Isvaram is situated at Konerikuppam, a suburb of Kanchi on the road from Kanchi to Madras. It faces the east. It consists of the garbhagriha, the antarala and a mandapa. Sculptures cover the whole of the wall space on its three free sides. On the southern side of the antarala, there is Ganapati; on the same side in the part of garbhagriha, the central figure is Yoga-Dakshinamurti with a makara-torana over it. There are rishis and dvarapalas on either side. The main sculpture on the western wall of the garbhagriha is a Siva-Tandavamurti with Bhikshatanar on the right and Gajasamharamurti on the left; there are dvarapalas at the ends. On the northern side, there is Brahma flanked by Gangadharar and Kalasamharar; there are dvarapalas at the two ends. On the northern side of the antarala there is a sculpture ofDurga with eight hands riding on a lion.

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