Wednesday, 30 November 2016

NADU KARKAL ( நடு கற்கள் ) – KAPPALUR, NEAR POLUR, IN THIRUVANNAMALAI DISTRICT – A HERITAGE AND EPIGRAPHY FIELD VISIT.

27th November 2016.
This post is the end and most interesting part of our Kappalur epigraphy field visit. While others are busy in reading the epigraph – inscriptions on a stone slab erected between Shiva and Vijayaraghava Perumal temple, we four persons  ventured in to the village guided by the Village boys. The boys guided us on the western part of the village. First the photos taken are posted in the facebook and the links with comments  are also given below on each photos.
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NADUKAL WTH KOTRAVAI RELIEF.
This stone slab is erected near the Shiva and Jain’s temple facing west. We could not see a clear image due to erosion. Kotravai is standing  on the head of mahisasuran. Each hand holds different weapons. Also we could not predict the vahana behind Kotravai,  as a deer or a goat.
 The link for the comments on the Facebook.Tamil selvam'spost about Kotravai. 
and on my facebook post

STONE SLABS WITH INSCRIPTIONS
It was told that there are four stone slabs with reliefs erected on all the four directions of the village,  similar to the one between Shiva and Perumal temple, which has inscriptions. The inscriptions speaks about the land donated to temple during Sambuvarayan period. The fourth one we could not see. On all the three stone slabs we could find similar reliefs of  Vijayanagara emblem  Pig and a small sword. It was also told that these stone slabs are erected to mark the boundary of the land donated. 


Comments on my face book page about this nadukal Back side with relief of Vijayanagara emblem
The west side boundary stone with relief of Vijayanagara emblem
The South side boundary stone with relief of Vijayanagara emblem near Sri Veerabathirar Temple. Hidden inside the vegetation
 
NADUKAL AT ANGALAMMAN TEMPLE.
At the entrance of  Sri Angalamman temple, we could find a stone with relief of  a male sitting on an elephant. We assumed the image may be Iyyanar and Mr. Vijay looked at a different angle and said it may be a Jain.

Sastha or the Jaina Indira   - Comments on Udhya Sankar ’s Post on the facebook 

MEMORY STONE WITH VINAYAGAR
In this,  two stone reliefs are erected on both sides of a damaged Vinayagar statue.  The relief in sitting posture on the left side of Vinayagar must be Harichandra and his wife Chandramathi ( may be a wild guess ), since these reliefs are on the way to burial ground.  And on the right side the relief of a man in  standing with hands in worshiping posture.  Also there is a round pillar with inscriptions on the top. We are not sure whether this belongs to this place or brought from somewhere and erected here.

On the Vinayagar’s right Harichandra and chandramati ( may be ). On the right side the person is not known.
HERO STONES.
Little further on the west direction in front of a dry pond, we could see six hero stones erected on a platform along with Naagars at Durgai Amman Temple. The centre hero stone, a person holding the bow and an arrow on the left directions, which is unusual. The style of the hair dressing seems to be of  Vijayanagara period. Probably the person may be a left hander.
 Comments on Udhya Sankar's  Post on the face book 



KOMARI KAL
This stone slab is erected on the road side on the western part of the Village. The stone slab bears the telegu? inscriptions with symbols. It was told that this must be a Komarikal erected  to cure the decease of animals, if one performs pooja to this.

MISCELLANEOUS STONES AND RELIEFS.
We had seen some more relief panels and statues on the western part of the village.  


On the way to Chennai stopped at Manampathy for tea break. One of our friend Mr Vimal pointed out a statue on the road side Vinayagar Temple. Yes... the statue is a Navakanda Sirpam. The locals call this statue as "Saavan Silai" “சாவான் சிலை”. In one way it is correct that the statue was erected for a man who died by cutting his head. Here it is..
Saavan Silai “சாவான் சிலை”. a navakanda statue
 on the road side Vinayagar temple
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA--- 

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