17th June 2018.
After Talakadu Visit, on the way to Kaliyuru ( where the Chozha’s victory memorial tablet or the Hero Stone is found ) Mr John told that there are two Chozha period Temples at Malingi otherwise called as Tadimalingi. This Village is on the south bank of river Kaveri. It was told that this place was once called as Maavilangai which latter turned to Malingi. ( Tadi means edge in kannada, in this case edge of river Kaveri ). When we are about to return without able to locate the Shiva temple, an auto driver guided us to this temple.
Iraivan : Sri Mahalingesvara
Some of the important details are..
The temple is facing east in the midst of houses of Malingi village without any proper approach. There is no proper entrance and entrance arch to this temple. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, antarala and arthamandapam. The sanctum sanctorum is of pathabanda athisdanam. The arthamandapam pillars are found cute with simple capital or pothyal. The niches are empty with out any koshta moorthams. There is no vimana found above the sanctum.
In the Antarala, the remains of sapthamathar group of Varahi, Brahmi, Maheswari, Indrani and Veerabathirar. Jyestadevi image ( not a fine finished and without big belly ) is also in the antarala.
The period of the temple built is not known, but an early Chozha’s Kali icon was mentioned in a middle Chozhas book written by S R Balasubramaniam. Inscriptions are found on the sanctum wall and kumudam of the mandapam. The inscriptions belongs to 1042 AD, Rajendran –I period starts with his title 'Thirumanni valara" - திரு மன்னி வளர- speaks about the donation made to this temple. The temple had undergone renovations during the recent years.
There is no fixed time, but the key is available with the nearby house.
HOW TO REACH:
Tadimalingi is on the way from Talakad to Kollegal and about a KM off main road.
A koshtam with out moortham
Pillars Mandapam Pillars with simple capital
Inscriptions on the floor
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