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....

In the village of Palangur, in the Tirukkoyilur taluk of the South Arcot district, there is a temple dedicated to Kailasanathar.

Kailasanathar temple

There is a 38th year inscription on the south wall of this temple relating to Tribhuvanachakravartin Kulottunga Chbiadeva ‘who

was pleased to take Madurai and the crowned head of the Pandya’. This record states that one Tulaa Udaiyan Nambiyalvan Vidi-vitankan constructed a portion of the walls of the temple of Kailasamudaiya Nayanar, built by the Periya-nattar at Palangur in Kurukkai kurram, a subdivision of Miladu alias Jananatha vala-nadu and also endowed to the temple half of the village of Kadiyaru (ARE 210 & 211 of 1936-37).

Thus this temple could be assigned to the period of Kulottunga III.

There is a 33rd year record of a Kulottunga Choladeva, which is found on the south side of the rock adjacent to the Aiyanarkoyil kulam (tank); this records the construction of a shrine for Pillaiyar and a gift of 50 kuli of land for worship therein by Olvenran, son of Tyagamugil Udaiyan of Tengedilanallur (ARE 212 of 1936-37). We do not know to which Kulottunga this record refers.

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