Middle Chola Temples

by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam | 1975 | 141,178 words

This volume of Chola Temples covers Rajaraja I to Kulottunga I in the timeframe A.D. 985-1070. 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 village of Sutturu in Mysore district of Karnataka State is reached from the taluk headquarters of Nanjangud via Kaulan-dai and is at a distance of 10 kms from the latter. There are three temples in this village, namely, the Somesvara, Virabhadra and Mulasthanam Udaiyar temples. Of these, the Somesvara temple belongs to the Hoysala period.

Mulasthanam Udaiyar temple

South of the Virabhadra temple, there is an inscribed stone containing a long record dated in the thirty-first regnal year of Rajendra I. We learn from it that a temple, merely termed that of Mulasthanam Udaiyar, was constructed by one Gundabbe, wife of Marayya Setti, in the village of Srotriyur, in the year a. d. 1043. Their son Devayya Setti is also said to have made extensive grants for the temple and for services to the deity as well as to the Isana Isvaram Udai-yar(?) of the same village (EC, IV, My., Nanjangud 164).

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