25th September 2017.
During our Heritage Visit to Chozha period Temples, we had seen some very old paintings done on the walls and ceilings. Some of the paintings belongs to Vijayanagara and some are latter periods. Most of the temple mandapams and corridors were constructed during Nayak period.
VEDARANYAM – SRI VEDARANYESWARAR TEMPLE
These paintings are drawn on the walls of the prakaram. It was told that the granite walls are plastered with lime mortar and painted before the surface gets dried. These painting are very much similar to Thanjavur Periya koil prakaram walls. The materials may be of natural dye. The story of the Nayanmars are painted on the north side of the parakaram wall. Also some of the paintings are done on the sanctum walls. ( The sanctum wall painting are covered with glass for protections, which was not done during my earlier visit. ) These paintings may belongs to Nayak’s period.
THIRUKALAR – SRI PARIJATHAVANESWARAR TEMPLE
The various forms of Lord Shiva were painted on the lintel beams of the front mandapam.
MANNARKUDI – SRI RAJAGOPALASWAMY TEMPLE,
Paintings with frames of Ramayana epic and 10 avathars of Vishnu are hanged on the 6th and 7th prakaram walls. These painting may be of 20th century. Also Vishnu’s 24 forms are painted on the entrance ceiling of a mandapam. The ceiling paintings are much more difficult to draw compared to wall paintings. The material used for these paintings may be of chemical.
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