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....
The ardhamandapa rests on four pillars; the front two have lion-base, and the rear two are plain.
Inside the ardhamandapa on the northern wall, there are sculptures of Ravana-anugraha-murti (with Siva and Parvati above) and Siva-Tandava facing the south. On the sides of the gateway to the sanctum, there are figures of Ganga-Visarjana-murti and Siva-Tandava facing the west. Perhaps, they serve as
On the southern wall, we have Siva-Tandavamurti, Chandesa and Siva-Parvati facing the north.
On the outerwalls of this temple, we have on the northern side sculptures of Urdhva-Tandava, Durga, Chandesa-Anugrahamurti, dvarapala, Subrahmanyar (with akshamala and kamandalu), Hariharar, Surya and Chandra.
These large-size sculptures in bays cover the whole wall-space; as in the case of Iravasthanesvaram and other earlier shrines mentioned above, there is no attempt to install figures in devakoshtas, nor the appreciation of the value of plain wall surface to serve as their background.