Wednesday, 26 July 2017

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES - MISCELLANEOUS MONUMENTS, MAHABALIPURAM ( MAMALLAPURAM), A HERITAGE VISIT – PART-10

.... a continuation post to Ganesha Ratham, Mahabalipuram, A Heritage Visit – Part -9
08th June 2017.
Apart from the well known UNESCO notified Temple, caves and sculptures, which we had seen in the earlier posts, there are small small monuments scattered around the hill and on the sea shore. These are being maintained by Archaeological Survey of India ( ASI )  In that we could cover only few during our one day heritage visit to Mahabalipuram. Some of them ( which we had seen ) are...

OLAKKANATHA TEMPLE.... The of the temple may probably  be Olakkannisvara ( flame eye ) Shiva. This is above the Mahishamardini cave, a masonry temple like shore temple. This might have constructed during  Rajasimha Period (690 – 715 AD) and the super structure is missing now. There are usual rampant lions and panels representing Shiva’s various forms.  They are Dhakshinamurthi, Ravananugrahamurthi ( Shiva showing mercy on Ravana ), Alidhanrittamurti ( siva dancing in the pose of warrior in action )
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 Ravananugrahamurthi ( Shiva showing mercy on Ravana )

 Alidhanrittamurti ( siva dancing in the pose of warrior in action )

VIJAYANAGARA PERIOD UN-FINISHED GOPURAMS....The Rayala-gopuram is an un-finished gopuram or Rajagopuram of the Vijayanagara period showing typical decorations on the jambs. This is the second un-finished Vijayanagara gopuram at Mahabalipuram opposite to Sthalasayana Perumal Temple.
 Rayala-gopuram 
Rayala-gopuram
 Sthalasayana Perumal Temple gopuram

 Sthalasayana Perumal Temple gopuram

 Sthalasayana Perumal Temple gopuram

VALAYANKUTTAI AND PIDARI RATHAS....These Rathas are near the Buckingham canal. These monolithic rathas are smaller in size compared to Shore temples. The Valayankuttai Ratha resembles the Arjuna Ratha and close to this there are two un-finished rock cut shrines facing east.
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MUKUNTHANAYANAR TEMPLE....This temple at the entrance of Mahabalipuram. This is of rectangular in shape with a muka mandapam facing east. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Somaskandhar is on the back of Shiva linga. The other murthis are Dhakshinamurthy on the south, Yoga Narasimhar on west and Bhrama on the north.
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PENANCE PANEL.... This is about 200 meters away from Krishna Mandapa. This is very similar to the Arjuna’s penance sculptures but un-finished and there is no answer why this was abandoned. Experts  believed that before carving the present Arjuna’s Penance the sculptor might have experimented in this rock.
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---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

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