Amazing action sculpture pillars of Srirangam Temple – Part 2

Tamil valor has been sung from time immemorial…stabbing from behind is considered to be the most demeaning act, similarly taking a hit in the back ( kind of give away that you turned and ran away from battle)…it’s a clear clue about the scene.


Lets analyse the main characters in more detail…

The man in front is a brave tamil warrior….he sports a traditional tamil hairstyle, the dhoti and the upturned mustache…look at his ornaments…chains, ear rings and anklets…and the radiant bravery in his face inspiring generations..


The lady on top is every more beautiful.. She carries an entire jewelery store on her, resplendent in all her glory. The minutest details being sculpted….the chains, the bangles, anklets…..a a bewitching smile to top it all.

Thus against this if we compare the back stabber (!) you can see the differentiation in the clothing…a long sleeve shirt, track pants ( his assistant too)…and the down turned mustache….maybe this depicts the sack of sri rangam during the raid of malik Kafur ( 1314 AD)


But still not able to figure out the canopy which the lady is holding ….its got two parrots on each side,


similar depictions have been identified as a gypsy women ….you can see a similar pillar sculpture at another locations ( sans the parrots)…


but for a gypsy to sport such a stack of jewellary is indeed amazing, for these days they are reduced to parading bead chains … Maybe she was an imporant character…there are varying accounts of a temple dancer who sacrificed her life for to safeguard the temple during Malik’s assault….pillars do speak !! Don’t they?

3 thoughts on “Amazing action sculpture pillars of Srirangam Temple – Part 2

  1. oh yes..pillars do speak a lot…nice observation on the moustaches…the down-turned one and the upturned one!
    Kattabomban had an upturned one in real life..however the movie depiction by Shivaji is a down-turned one!! Why ?
    the canopy – was it the umbrella of those times? easily fold-able? interesting!

  2. The girl on the shoulders was supposedly a Princess and her skirt is fluttering over… 🙂

    That’s the story I heard at Krishnapuram, @ Nellai 🙂

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