Later Chola Temples

by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam | 1979 | 143,852 words

This volume of Chola Temples covers Kulottunga I to Rajendra III in the timeframe A.D. 1070-1280. 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....

An inscription found at Draksharama in the East Godavari district (A.P.) mentions the construction of a Vishnu temple at Alavely in the 33rd year of Kulottunga I. (ARE 349 of 1893; SII, iv, 1239; E.I., xxii, pp. 138-45).

Vishnu temple

This temple was built by Pallavaraiya Karunakara Tondaiman. He is described as the son of Sirilango of Mandalanjeri in Tirunaraiyur nadu and bore the alternate names of Vanduvaraja and Sadvaishnava. His personal name was Tiruvarangan; he is said to have destroyed Kalinga, conquered the Ganga in battle and humbled Devendra-varman and others with the aid of the Kosala army and to have planted Rajendra Choda’s pillar of victory in the Odra frontier.

This inscription dated in the 33rd year (a.d. 1103) mentions that he built a temple of black stone to Vishnu at Alavely and endowed land to it by purchase. He also made gifts at Draksharama.

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