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one of the least known treasures of South Indian art. Hidden in the isolated village of Melakkadambur, the Amritagateshvara temple is unique for its sculpture, its architecture and its astronomical significance. The shrine has been constructed as a ratha or chariot. In the tradition of the temple it is called Indra’s Vimana. An architectural masterpiece of the Chola Dynasty, approx 1100 CE

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Shiva Vinadharadaksinamurti, Bronze, Chola Dynasty, 11th century, Tamil Nadu, India, Musée Guimet, Paris

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The Chola dynasty was one of the longest-ruling dynasties in the history of southern India. The earliest datable references to this Tamil dynasty are in inscriptions from the 3rd century BC left by Asoka, of the Maurya Empire. As one of the Three Crowned Kings, the dynasty continued to govern over varying territory until the 13th century AD.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Rama Geography: Made in Tamil Nadu, India, Asia Period: Chola Dynasty (c.800-c.1300) Date: c. 1000 Medium: Bronze Dimensions: 30 x 13 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches (76.2 x 34.3 x 24.8 cm) Curatorial Department: South Asian Art Object Location: * Gallery 224, Asian Art, second floor Accession Number: W1982-106-1 Credit Line: Purchased with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, the John D. McIlhenny Fund, and with funds contributed by the Women's Committee of the…

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Kallanai Dam, also known as Grand Anicut, is the fourth oldest dam in the world. It still serves the people of Tamilnadu, India. The dam was constructed by King Karikala Chola of the Chola Dynasty in the 2nd century AD. The dam is located on the River Kaveri, approximately 20km from the city ofTiruchirapalli.

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Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu Built by Raja Raja Chola I in 1011 to commemorate the victory of the Chola dynasty

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