26th November 2017.
It was around 17.00 hrs when we reached the Sri Kailasanathar Temple, after lunch?.. at Kanchipuram, the last stop of our Heritage Visit, led by Mr Venkatesh, the historian and the Novelist. The sky was overcast throughout the day. With the dull light could not take good photographs. The temple is under the control of Archeological Survey of India (ASI ) and lot of renovations are in progress.
This temple construction was started by Pallava King Rajasimha also called as Narasimhavarma – II and completed by his son Mahendravarma – II. ( 685 AD to 705 AD). This temple is also called as Rajasimha Pallaveswaram. It was told that the temple was the first stone structure built by the Pallva Kings, when the Kanchipuram was their Capital. The temple is still under worship.
The base was constructed with granite and the small sannadhis ( 58 nos, apart from 8 sannadhis ( some has the Shiva Lingas) at the entrance ) are constructed with sand stone. The small sanndhis has the reliefs and statues of Uma & Mahesvara’s various postures. The sanctum walls has the reliefs of various form of Lord Shiva and Hindu deities. The square Vimana is constructed in Dravidian style. The (squatting) lion pillars supports the small sanctums was a speciality of Pallava period temple construction. Pallava Kings focused to place their Loins as many places as possible.
Due to age most of the sculptures are damaged and plastering with lime mortar is in progress by the ASI. Why do they selected these sand stone?, which deteriorate due to age, may be for easy sculpting or carving. The details of my first visit to this temple as a part of Temples Visit are posted in this blog.
Uma Maheswarar with old colour painting
Narasimha & Hiranya vatham
Dhakshinamurthy with Yogapatti
Thavvai or the Jyeshta Devi
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