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....

Nandigunda, also in Mysore district, is about three kms from the Narasambhudi cross-roads, which is itself six kms from Nanjangud. There is a small temple here dedicated to Malladeva or Mallesvara.

Mallesvara temple

On a stone lying in front of this temple, there is an inscription of the days of Rajendra I dated in Saka 943 (a. d. 1021), beginning with the usual introduction of tirumanni valara. According to it, one Malla Gavunda of Nandigunda in Maisur nad, along with Eremma and Kumbhayya, set up the deity of Mallesvara and he also made a land-grant to the temple. This temple must thus have come into existence sometime before a. d. 1021.

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