Cultural Heritage

THE UNIQUE KALABHRA CAVE TEMPLE AT MELACHERI

Melacheri, a tiny village situated in Gingee taluk of Villupuram District has a rock–cut cave temple dedicated to Siva. This place is also known as Siva Gingee. This cave is excavated from the natural rock lying on the outskirts, north of this village. Locally, it is known as the Mattisvarar temple. It has a square garbhagriha with an oblong mukhamand

TEMPLE ENDOWMENTS – AGNEESWARER TEMPLE AT THIRUPPUGALUR – PART V

Ornaments

Ornaments were presented by many devotees during the reign of Rajendra II to the image of the god. Devan Pattagal Pandaram and his daughter set up the image of Suryadeva and his two consorts newly in the temple at Thiruppugalur. The names of donors are engraved in the inscription. Devan Pattagal Pandara

TEMPLE ENDOWMENTS – AGNEESWARER TEMPLE AT THIRUPPUGALUR – PART IV

Endowment for Food-offering

During the reign of Rajaraja I and Kulothunga I, there are a large number of endowments for food offerings to God and feeding the devotees. The details are given below:

There is an endowment in A.D. 1006 during the period of Rajaraja Chola during hi

TEMPLE ENDOWMENTS — AGNEESWARER TEMPLE AT THIRUPPUGALUR – PART III

Endowment and Donation for Lamps

There are more than 16 inscriptions recording the endowments or donations for lamps to be lit in front of Thiruppugalur Deva. The earliest inscription in Thiruppugalur temple registers a sale of land by the assembly to Gopan Sakuppu, a queen of Uttamachola for providing endowment

TEMPLE ENDOWMENTS — AGNEESWARER TEMPLE AT THIRUPPUGALUR – PART II

Endowment of lands

There is a mention of tax remission on land donated to the God Sri Pugalur Mahadeva in A.D. 1022 during the reign of Rajendra I by the assembly of Bhulokamanikka Chaturvedi Mangalam, a Brahmadeya in Panaiyurnadu, a division of Kshatriyasikhamani Valanadu in consideration of 150 kasus r

TEMPLE ENDOWMENTS — AGNEESWARER TEMPLE AT THIRUPPUGALUR – PART I

Since the time of the Pallava, people gave donations to the temple either for their prayer or after the fulfillment of their desire. Temple endowments were given for the sake of conducting pujas and festivals, for food offerings, for making ornaments and new idols, for lighting lamps and for new constructions and repair works inside the temple premises, etc. Philant

KANCHIPURAM: THE CITY OF A THOUSAND TEMPLES

Why Kanchipuram deserves World Heritage status

01Kailasanatha Temple, Kanchipura

THE STORY OF CIRUTTONDAR IN SCULPTURES – PART II

The above touching story is found sculpted from the south western corner of the mantapa with a few variations.

  1. In the first panel Venkattunangai and Sandananangai are seen cooking food while Ciruttondar serves food to a sanyasin.
  2. Ciruttondar brings another devotee the next day.
  3. Siva comes as Bhaira

THE STORY OF CIRUTTONDAR IN SCULPTURES – PART I

Public have remembered the stories of 63 Saiva Saints either by enacting their life on the stages or by singing the songs while they play kummi and Ammanai. In this respect, the life of Kannappar and Ciruttondar are the best examples.

In addition to this, the royal personages appear to have sculpted the stories of Saiva saints on

THE IMAGE OF THE INDIAN WOMAN IN THE PAINTINGS OF RAVI VARMA

The beginnings of modern art in India coincided with the freedom movement and, more importantly, the various social movements. From being a colonial import, the idea of modernity was accommodated within the agenda of Indian nationalism. It was the beginning of the movement to improve the status of Indian women, to liberate them from social evils like widowhood and s