10th September 2016.
This Heritage visit was arranged through R.E.A.C.H Foundation for it’s Epigraphy students by Mr Ramanath on 10th September 2016. Mr Ramanath accepted my willingness to join with them ( as an old student, I hope ). Though it was not a planned visit, 19 heritage enthusiasts in their car and motor cycles participated in this visit. I was fortunate to hear the history, architecture and inscriptions of Chozhas and Pallavas once again from Mr Ramachandran and Mr Vakula varadharajan after a long gap. We had covered Madambakkam, Sri Dhenupureswarar, a Chozha Period Shiva Temple, A Buddha Statue at Ottiyambakkam, Nandeeswaram Sri Nadeeswarar a Nandhivaraman a pallava period temple and a Vijayanagara Period Gajaprishta sanctum Perumal temple at Vandalur.
AN ASPIDAL VISHNU TEMPLE AT VANDALUR, CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU.
A continuation to the previous post …..
The final destination was to a Gajaprishta sanctum Perumal temple at Vandalur. The temple is immediately after the over bridge towards Padapai via Manimangalam. The temple is not maintained properly. The inscriptions are 17th century and as per Mr Ramachandran may belong to 1520 CE. Even though the deity is Perumal, as per the inscription the temple must be a Shiva Temple. The temple might be constructed during Vijayanagara Period. ( How come the Pallavas constructed such a Gajaprishta Vimana temples.. it is a mystery). The normal vimana over the Gajaprishta sanctum was built latter with vilakkuthoon and Garudalwar sannadhi. During reconstruction, the athistanam stones are not kept in their original position, hence the continuity of the inscription is lost. Vandalur was the ancient Vandainagar of the Chozha kings referred to in “Kalingathuparani”. However for the inscriptions we find that the old name of the village was Vendalur.
The inscription’s curse is so strong, at one point it said apart from the sin caused due to killing of a cow on the banks of River Ganga and Killing of their mother and father. It is equal to the sin caused by sending the sinner’s wife to the person who burns the dead body ( Vettiyan ) and to the umbrella holder.
The inscriptions and its details received from the Web and Mr C Veera sekaran is given below.
"Vandalur was another place visited. It has been surmised that Vandalur was the ancient Vandainagar of the Chola kings referred to in "Kalingatuparani". However, from a late inscription of the 17th century on a small apsidal temple at Vandalur, we find that the old name of the village was Vendalur. The inscription confirms an earlier grant of land for the daily worship and the burning of a perpetual lamp."
The inscription traced by Dr Gift Sirmoney (click here ) is written wrongly in the website, as per Mr Ramachandran Sir.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE
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