We have already seen this cute little darling of a fellow in Mahabalipuram and in Srinivasanallur. Today we are traveling to another Chola treasure trove - Pullamangai, Brahmapureerswara temple .

A quick test for your observation powers. Can you spot our friend.

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Can’t, try this one

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Still Can’t, come on !!

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Now, do you see him. such a darling fellow.

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Nowadays, we do see Shiva’s Gana’s ( assistants) adorning modern temple walls, but they lack the character and spirit of the originals. They are sadly repetitive and monotonous. Take a look at this impressive array of delightful ganas - each of them have such cute expressions that its difficult not to fall in love with them. One thing you have to notice is the fact that these are true dwarfs - as you can see by the body proportions and the depiction of the hands and legs - this is not to show the physical deformity but to show how observant were the sculptors who could sculpt them so beautifully.

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Not all have the tiger belly face and it seems to be one particular individual who has this - what could be his name. Need to do some more research to find out. Meantime, please keep an eye out for this tiger belly face when you visit Chola temples. And for the normal fellows, please do spare them a glance.

picture courtesy : Ms. Kathie and Varlaaru.com

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இந்த கணங்கள் பார்த்திபன் கனவில் வரும் காளாமுகக் கூட்டத்தைச் சேர்ந்த குள்ளனை நினைவூட்டுகிறது. இனி பார்க்கும் கணங்களை எல்லாம் சற்று கூர்ந்து கவனிப்போம். நன்றி விஜய்.

December 31st, 2008 at 8:02
Kathie B.

what a great post! As you know, ganas are among my very favorite murthis!

December 4th, 2009 at 17:49

நிச்சயமா வியாக்ரபாதர் சிற்பம் இல்லை விஜெ.

April 5th, 2010 at 12:22

It looks like lion to me, Is it really Tiger… Oh… Any way Great to see…

Thanks for the strange , really wonderful informations… After seeing your blog i am just following it…

When i went to mahabalipuram i have noticed it and informed to my friends… They also wondered about it…

December 3rd, 2012 at 16:25

# - I meant the tiger(lion) in the thoppai!!!

December 3rd, 2012 at 16:26

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