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 Alur is at a distance of 4 kms from the taluk headquarters of Chamarajanagar in Mysore district.
Desesvara (Mulasthanam Udaiyar) temple
Of the five temples there, we are concerned here only with the Desesvara temple, whose principal deity bore the name of Mulasthanam Udaiyar in the Chola days. An inscription found here, on a stone in five pieces and in Grantha and Tamil, tells us that in the seventh year of Rajadhiraja I (a.d. 1025), this temple received 20 madais with which certain lands were bought and a grant was made for offerings to the god Mulasthanam Udaiyar of Alur (said to be situated in Padi nadu, in Gangaikondasola valanadu in Mudigondasola mandalam).