Friday, 28 July 2017


....a Continuation post to Mandakapattu Rock cut Cave Temple 
23rd July 2017.
This is the second masonry temple built after Mahabalipuram shore temple built during 8th century by Narasimhavarman–II also known as Rajasimhan ( 706 to 722 AD ) on a small hill. Steps are built for some stretch and in some stretch, chiseled on the rock itself. The temple is under the control of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Iraivan : Sri Talagiresvara
Iraivi    : Sri Ashtatalambigai
Some of the important features of this temple are,...
At the entrance of the hill a Vinayagar temple with a relief on the boulder.
The temple is facing east with Nandhi and Palipedam in the prakaram. Sannadhi for Navagrahas and Ambal, is facing south.

The temple was constructed with sanctum, Arthamandapam and mahamandapam. There are 3 koshtams in which 16 faces tharalingam is installed. Moolavar is also Tharalingam of 16 faces. Somaskandar relief is on the back side of the sanctum wall. In arthamandapam reliefs of Mahavishnu with Lakshmi on the right and Brahma with Saraswati are on the left. Lime mortar is applied on the images.

The sanctum vimana is of 3 tiers and lime mortar is applied on the images. Of this the last two tiers are constructed at a latter period.

On the right side  koshtam the stone wall was plastered with lime mortar and Shiva’s oozhikoothu dance was painted ( the same is in the form of stucco image at Kanchi Sri Kailasanathar Temple )  and the right wall has the painting of Parvati looking the dance of Shiva. It will be very difficult to trace now, almost in faded condition.

At the base of the hill there is a cave in which Durgai / Mahishamardini relief is chiselled on the natural cave. And has the Rajasimhan’s (Narasimhavarman–II) inscriptions.

Panamai is about 21 KM from Gingee

Since there is no proper bus service either you can hire Taxi from Gingee or from Villupuram 


 Brahma with Saraswati

 Vishnu with Lakshmi 

 Parvathi is watching Lord Shiva’s Dance 

 Shiva’s hands can be seen 

Thavvai on the right 
.... to be continued Rock Paintings in the prehistoric shelters between Villupuram to Thirukovilur.

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