22nd April, 2015
Continuation to the earlier post ( CLICK HERE to see the details )
The Cave temple is just back side of the Thiruparankundram Sri Murugan/ Shiva Temple. After dharshan of Lord Shiva tried to get an auto near the temple. Since there was no vehicle or mini bus available at that time, started walking up to the cave. I was shocked to see the damages done to the sculptures during Jain – Brahmical conflict. Now the site is under the control of ASI.
The rock cut temple is an early Pandya period and is seen used medieval times. It also suffered damages during this stage. This cave temple is datable back to 8th century AD. The temple comprises of a Sanctum for Arthanareeswarar and a Hall. In the Hall A Natarajar in standing Posture.( below the chest was completely damaged ). On the right Sri Valli Devasena Sri Subramaniyar. On the right side wall inscriptions are found.
In the front Ganesha on the left and Bairavar on the right. Jain monks reliefs are also chiseled during Jain period.
LOCATION OF THE CAVE: CLICK HERE
The view of the Thiruparankundram Hill
Entrance steps to cave temple
Pandya Period Cave temple
Ganapathy on the left and 2 Jain monks on the right
Sri Valli Devasena Subramaniyar
Natarajar – Murgan on the peacock and Ganapathy on the top – The maximum extend of vandalism – below the chest of Natarajar was chopped off.
Arthanareeswarar in side the sanctum
Thiruganasambandar, Sundarar and Appar Swamikal
Jain monks – one umbrella
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