Even though I had been to this 10th Century Dhenupureeswarar Shiva Temple at Madampakkam several times, this heritage visit was an unique. The temple was built by Parakrama Chozha –II alias Sundara Chozha ( AD 954-971) and his minister Aniruddra Brahmadhirajan. Front Mandapam was built during Nayak Period. Mr Krishna Kumar ( we used to address him fondly as KK ) led this 15 members of history enthusiasts group to this temple. It was a memorable visit, in which we visited MSS Gallery, Mampakkam Sri Muruganatheswarar Shiva Temple, Ottiyampakkam Sri Otteeswarar Shiva Temple, Kovilanchery Muneeswarar, Pallavaram Dargah and Pallavaram Pallava Period Rock cut cave converted to mosque now.
Mr KK explained us the unique features of the reliefs on temple Pillars of both Chola period and Nayak Period and the differences between the them. Some of the reliefs are, Sarabeswarar, Vinayagar, Veena Vinayagar, Shiva & Parvathy, Brahma with single head, 4 head and 5 head, Veerabathirar, Shiva with Veena, Hanuman, Naalvar on the four sides of the pillar, Gajasamharamurthy, Shiva’s family without Vinayagar, Kali, Arumugar, Murugan, Mahishamardini, Adhikaranandhi, Juraheswarar, Arthanareeswarar, Oorthuva Thandavar etc…
It was interesting to note that Subramanya Gurukal also joined with us and shared many details of the reliefs and sculptors. He may be contacted for further details and his mobile number is 7338771203.
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Shiva, oorthuva Thandavr and Sarabeswarar
Shiva Varaha vatham and Pickshadanar
Kali and Mahishamardhini
Brahma with 4 hrad and 5 head
Veena Vinayagar & Siddhi Vinayagar
Subramaniyar and Aarumugar
Shiva linga in Veerabathirar’s crown
Ashta thikku balakas
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