Ok, we finally come to the mazing detailing in these pillars…though small in size these miniatures are amazing specimens to the stonecraft of the artist…such grace, proporation and design..one fault would have left the entire pillar to be discarded…such was the democles sword hanging on their heads…

Just to give you an idea of their overall placement take a look at the whole pillar once again…bear in mind these are single stone and support the roof the pillared hall…

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Normally in south indian temples you would see a vast variety of mythological creatures, half beast half animal…called yaazhis…these would be of Garangutan proportions…but here they too are in miniature..down to last detail. See the sensual grace of the maiden standing coyly with a hand on her hips

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See the puppy like elephant rushing towards the Lord ( Gajendra !)


Hanuman is in all his humbleness listening to a discourse of the Lord

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The Lord Vishnu on his elephant thone….see the lovely work on the onamental canopy on top of them.

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The Lord carried by a flying Garuda…his vehicle.

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Hanuman trying to do a la Garuda….( but see his humble grace not letting go of Vishnu’s feet!!! Truly he was a great devotee)

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The Lord seated majestically on his throne and hanuman on his feet ..praying.

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He with his consort Lakshmi


This is a puzzle…looks like a royal coronation ceremony…you can see Hanuman and Garuda on the two sides bringing in the scared pots filled with holy water….lakshmana too in the frame..


The churning of the Milky ocean is depicted….due paucity of space instead of showing the lord supporting the mountain as a turtle..he is shown holding it up…..but why the two monkeys…

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Next too is a puzzle… A puppy beholds the charming youth who has lovingly slung a fawn over his sholders….seems he has got a thron stuck into his feet….a lady beholds him..

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Some battle/action scenes thrown in to boot….what a treasure trove…

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Very nice series of articles explaining the pillars. I have seen very similar pillars in the Vellore Temple Kalyana Mantapam (Marriage hall) and this article brings even more details for my understanding.

September 22nd, 2008 at 11:17

’யானை மேல் விஷ்ணு’ - தவறு

கஜேந்திரனைக் காக்கும் விஷ்ணு.


October 17th, 2008 at 22:04

இவைகளை படிக்க நான் மிகவும் குடுத்து வைத்தவன் ஆனேன்…மிக்க நன்றி!!

August 8th, 2012 at 1:01
Arvind Venkatraman

I belive the two monkeys depict Vaali and Sugreeva. According to certain folklore, Vaali and Sugreeva also participate in the churning of the ocean. Tara is one of the precious things that come of out the churning. She is presented to Vaali as a gift. Also he boon of gaining half the strength of his opponent was given for his participation.

April 16th, 2013 at 15:37

vali did for sure. But not sure of sugreev

April 16th, 2013 at 15:44

I have seen similar pillar structure with very similar details in Jalakandeswarar Temple in Vellore.

June 30th, 2013 at 20:33

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