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....

Temples in Chikkali

Chikkali is a small village in Gundlupet taluk of Mysore district.

(i) Chandrasekhara (Mahadevar) temple

Set among the culvitated fields of the village is a ruined Siva temple, now called the Mahadevar temple, which came into existence during the Chola hegemony over the Karnataka region.

(ii) Pallikondar shrine

According to an inscription dated in the thirty-third regnal year of Rajadhiraja I (a.d. 1051) one Kesava Bhatta, son of Achayya of Tore Kaaratti built a temple for the merit and salvation of his ancestors for twenty-one generations and made a grant of 100 bhatlas of land, west of the temple garden and also gave away to the temple six cows to provide for a perpetual lamp to β€œthe god Mahadeva and the Pallegonda god (Ranganatha)”.

The inscription reads as follows:

β€œVira Pandyan taleyum Cheralan sileyum Lankeyum dandalu konda Kovirajakesari varmmarana wadeyar sri Rajadhiraja devarke yandu 33 avadu svasti strumatu Tore-karattiya Achayyana magam Kesava Bhattam degulavam madisi tamma mata pitrigal iruppatonda talegam paroksha vineyam gaiydu devargge kotta bhumi degula dontam...” (EC, My, Gn, 93).

And Makkayya, son of Biyalabbe and Rachamma, the son of Mara Vadeya and grand son of Kongani Gavunda of Elandavadi in Vore, bought land and a grant of 100 bhatlas of dry field and rice land to the north of Gundila to provide for the perpetual lamp. The inscription is dated in the Saka year 971 (a.d. 1059). This temple must have come into existence before this date.

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