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....

This shrine of Anantalvar is situated in the campus of the famous Varadaraja Perumal temple in Chinna Kanchipuram.

Arulala (Varadaraja) Perumal temple; Anantalvar shrine

From a 35th year record of‘Tribhuvana-Chakravartin Tribhu-vanavira deva who, having taken Madurai and the crowned head of the Pandya, was pleased to perform the anointment of heroes and the anointment of victors’ (Saka 1134 = a.d. 1212), we learn thatKuvalalapuram (Kolar) ParamesvaraGangakulotbhava Sirai-mittaperumal (?) Siya-ganga (of the Ganga dynasty), son of Cholendra Simha, built the Anantalvar shrine of stone (ARE 589 of 1919).

Thus this shrine was built by the 35th year of Kulottunga III (a.d. 1212-13).

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