03rd June 2018.
After participating the 54th Ahimsa walk, organized by the Tamil Jains, we, 4 people alone went to this ruined Shiva Temple near the Kallapuliyur Jeenalaya.
This west facing Shiva Temple with a Nandhi in front, is in dilapidated condition. The sanctum sanctorum consists sanctum, antarala and arthamandapam. The entrance to the main shrine is through the mandapa on South side. The Arthamandapa pillars are neatly carved. The sanctum was built with a patha pandha adhistana style.
The Vimanam was built with brick and mortar is now no more. The first level keerthimukas only remains, speaks the glory of the past. There is also a mandapa on the north side in ruined state. Koshta and parivara sannadhi statues are kept separately. The front mandapa may be built during Nayak period and brick wall was constructed abutting the pillars to form a closed mandapa at a latter period. The inscriptions from late Chozha period- (12th century) to the recent period are found on the sanctum wall and base / adhistanam. The temple might have been reconstructed once or twice. Since Lord Shiva is still in worship, request HR&CE and well wishers to carry out the renovations to extend the life and worship.
HOW TO REACH:
Kallapuliyur is about 16.5 KM from Senji and 29.4 KM from Vandavasi.
From Gingee, can be reached via Desur-Pennagar-Gingee Rd, Kallapuliyur.
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---