Srinivasanallur Kurangunathar Temple (Trichy - Tamil Nadu)

Another place I ventured to, around Srirangam, was Srinivasanallur. The original name of the place is Mahendra Mangalam. Earlier this was a brick temple and Aditya Chola wanted this to be converted to a granite temple. However he couldn't do it in his reign and his son, Paranthaka Chola took it over and made his dad's wish come true in late 9th C.
The temple is a small temple, very similar to that of Gopurapatti temple. The Lord Shiva here is called Thirukkurakkutturai Perumanadigal according to the inscriptions. The upper part of the temple has been recently renovated just like how Kanchi Kailasanathar was renovated, or rather mindlessness in the name of renovation. 
There is a foundation inscription along the lower band (adhishtanam) all around the temple. 

The scroll details and the very intricate miniature works are a signature style of Paranthaka Chola. Infact, each and every one of these scrolls are unique, no 2 are similar!!! At some places, instead of minature scroll designs, there were some miniature dancing girls too!!!
Another fantastic feature here is the Yaali (mythical creatre) row. At all the corners is a Magaram (crocodile shaped mythical creature) with its mouth open. Within this open mouth are some soldiers and some even have a yaali!!! Excellent, right???!!!!!
Its an east facing temple. The west facing wall has Lord Brahma in it. However it was a sculpture placed here and not carved on the wall. Similarly the north has a highly corroded Dakshinmurthy(!) placed here and not carved on the wall. 
However, my favourite thing, in this temple was the south facing wall and the incredibly beautiful Dakshinamurthy compositions sculpted in a high relief here! Remember the Dakshinamurthy of Gopura Patti, this was was several times better than that! The moment I saw it I was reminded of the Dakshinamurthy Fresco in the Thanjavur Brahadeeswara Temple. The detailing was that good! Here's that fresco. 
Source: http://www.indian-heritage.org/
Every detail of that fresco, the snake, the monkey, the owls, the fabric, the rudraksha bead chain, the bag, everything is present in the sculpture as well! 



And then the details on the side. Remember the Dakshinamurthy at Kanchi Kailasantha temple. Every being there is here as well - the 2 people in rick sack like outfit, the lions, the seated devotees, the bootha ganas, everything!!! 
The Makara Thoranam too was very intricate. Between the 2 Makara in the side and centre are 4 soldiers seated on lions! I really couldn't get enough of this panel. 
Atop another goshtam, was another equally beautiful Makara Thoranam, which has similar Makaram and lions and exactly at the centre was a very small miniature of Vishnu as Varaham with Lakshmi on his lap! 

Another extremely beautiful aspect of this temple is the dwarapalas. On either sides of all Goshtams were 2 dwarapalas. They were so elegant. And their posture was something that I've never seen anywhere else, so far. They were too very elegant. Again they weren't facing the viewer. They were all slightly at an angle from the plane, to face the God at the centre! 

TO REACH THERE:
From Karur: 47km via Puliyur, Kulithalai
From Trichy: 49 km via Srirangam, Musiri
Google co-ordinates: 10.973421,78.388723

Dedicated to Prof. Swamination and co...

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

32 comments:

  1. Super..another temple I havent heard abt in trichy :(. If you read tiruarangan ula & madura vijayam..you'll get the history behind many Vishnu temples starting from Srirangam till Tirupathi and every ancient temple in between

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    1. Thanks Sayuri! I glanced through Tiruvarangan Ula and Koil Olugu. Its too complicated and too detailed!!! I just know the basics! :)

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  2. lovely!! yet another temple to add to my trichy list!

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    1. Thank you Anu! Do visit. I'd love to read your perspective on the place! :)

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  3. Nice to read about these less frequented temples with amazing architecture. Good job Bhusha.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

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  4. I liked the fine details of your photography and the content. Thank you for posting would love to visit this place some day.
    cheers

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    1. Glad you liked Vinod! Happy to have your comment on my blog! Do visit here someday! :)

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  5. Feeling ashamed! Despite having lived here for more than a decade in Trichy, I've not explored these places. Another must see place during my next visit to Trichy!

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    1. Oh.... Its ok... Do visit here on the next trip!!!

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  6. The top thoranam you show has a belly-faced gana on its right side. Otherwise, great series! My feeling is that if you are only able to visit 3 temples for sculpture in the Trichy/Thanjavur area, they should be: Srinivasanallur, Pullamangai & Kodumbalur.

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    1. Yes. There is! Thank you so much for the appreciation Injamaven!
      And so true. I'm yet to visit Pullamangai!! :(

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  7. Great account and fabulous pics from this amazing temple. The sculptures are so beautiful and intricate in details.

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  8. beautiful sculptures... beautifully captured...

    thanks

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  9. Very nicely explained and great images

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    1. Thank you so much Sunil! Do visit often! :)

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  10. Excellent description! Thanks

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    1. Thank you so much Keisakura!
      Do visit often! :)

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  11. Thanks for being so kind with lesser known temples. It is a delight to learn about them.

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    1. Its my pleasure PNS Sir! Glad you liked the post! :)

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  12. It's been a long time since I checked out ur blog, have missed so much & have a lot of catching upto do :)
    Your blog still remains a treasure trove of information.

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    1. Thank you Sathish! Long time? Its very, very long! Where have you been!

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  13. भारत भूमि में ऐसे हजारों सुन्दरतम इतिहास भरे हुए है।

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    1. So true! A life is not enough to see each and every ancient temple in each village of India!

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  14. THANKS THIS IS MY NATIVE PLACE

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