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

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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Built between 10th and 12th centuries, the temples stand testimony to the achievements of Chola Dynasty.

Built between 10th and 12th centuries, the temples stand testimony to the achievements of Chola Dynasty.

Shiva's karanas in Thiruvadigai; Kailasha and the home of Tripurankata Fig. 40: Rajarajeshvara temple in Tanjavur. Build by the Chola emperor Rajaraja between 1000 and 1008 CE. The pyramidal vimana with a large decorative panel depicting Shiva as residing on the sacred mountain Kailasha with his consort Parvati, his sons Ganesha and Murugan, devatas and rishis. Granite Rajarajeshvara temple, Tanjavur. Chola dynasty, 11th century   February 2010, Raja Deekshithar, Liesbeth Pankaja Bennink.

Shiva's karanas in Thiruvadigai; Kailasha and the home of Tripurankata Fig. 40: Rajarajeshvara temple in Tanjavur. Build by the Chola emperor Rajaraja between 1000 and 1008 CE. The pyramidal vimana with a large decorative panel depicting Shiva as residing on the sacred mountain Kailasha with his consort Parvati, his sons Ganesha and Murugan, devatas and rishis. Granite Rajarajeshvara temple, Tanjavur. Chola dynasty, 11th century February 2010, Raja Deekshithar, Liesbeth Pankaja Bennink.

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The Bhoganandishwara Temple was built during the Chola Dynasty and contains stone Nandi statues and carvings.

The Bhoganandishwara Temple was built during the Chola Dynasty and contains stone Nandi statues and carvings.

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Chola Dynasty

Chola Dynasty

Trident with Shiva as Ardhanari (Half-Woman)  ca. 1050, Chola dynasty, South India. A Shiva sculpture almost a thousand years old can easily be mistaken for the Sikh Khanda emblem. To learn more see the SikhMuseum.com Exhibit - Nishan Sahib, History of the Sacred Banner and its Symbols

Trident with Shiva as Ardhanari (Half-Woman) ca. 1050, Chola dynasty, South India. A Shiva sculpture almost a thousand years old can easily be mistaken for the Sikh Khanda emblem. To learn more see the SikhMuseum.com Exhibit - Nishan Sahib, History of the Sacred Banner and its Symbols

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Natarajar : Shiva as Lord of the Dance : Artwork during Chola Dynasty(9th to 13th centuries) India

Natarajar : Shiva as Lord of the Dance : Artwork during Chola Dynasty(9th to 13th centuries) India

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NAME: Brihedesvara Temple,  LOCATION: Tanjor, India,  DATE:Early Hinduism,  CULTURE: Hindu Indians,  SPONSOR: Chola Dynasty,  FUNCTION: temple,  MATERIALS: stone,  TECHNIQUES: southern-style temple (vimana tower with capstone at top), longitudinal axis, hypo-style type plan,   NOTABLE: temple to shiva,

NAME: Brihedesvara Temple, LOCATION: Tanjor, India, DATE:Early Hinduism, CULTURE: Hindu Indians, SPONSOR: Chola Dynasty, FUNCTION: temple, MATERIALS: stone, TECHNIQUES: southern-style temple (vimana tower with capstone at top), longitudinal axis, hypo-style type plan, NOTABLE: temple to shiva,

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

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

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