The Virupaksha Temple in Karnataka, southern India. Commemorating her husbands’ victory over the Pallavas of Kanchipuram, the temple was built by Lokamahadevi, the Queen of Vikaramaditya II, about 740 AD.
The Shore Temple (a complex of three temples, one dedicated to Shiva and two to Vishnu) in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu.
in the early 8th century during the Pallava dynasty while Mahabalipuram
was a busy seaport, the Shore Temple is one of the oldest structural
(rather than rock-cut) stone temples in South India. (Wikipedia)
Hero Stones Belonging to Pallava Era Found Near Tirupattur
VELLORE: Five hero-stones believed to have belonged to the Pallava period, dating back nearly 1,400 years, were discovered in Puliyanur village (bordering Vellore, Tiruvannamalai and Krishnagiri districts) by Professor Appasamy Murugaiyan of Paris University and R Poongundran, a retired assistant director of State Department of Archeology.
Two of the five stones discovered were damaged while three had inscriptions and pictorial depictions.
Over 1,000 hero-stones have been discovered in the Thenpennai river basin so far, especially in Tirupattur, Tiruvannamalai and Dharmapuri belt. Tamil literature cites worship of these hero-stones by the villagers of the time and this practice has waned over time, he added. Read more.
The Extensive and Sometimes Mythical History of the Chola Empire
The Chola Empire was a southern Indian state
that existed from around the middle of the 9th century AD until the 13th
century AD. The Chola Dynasty is said to have been in existence for a much
longer period in time.
Rare sculptures thrown out as modern temple comes up at ancient Pallava site
CHENNAI: A year ago, when a group of people approached the villagers of Thatchur near Kallakurichi in Villupuram district to construct a temple on an ancient Pallava site, little did they realize that it would be at the cost of some rare 9th century sculptures.
Today, the construction of the temple is almost over. But the new structure has taken over the place where the rare sculptures were kept. As a result, a broken shiva linga, a moss-covered Somaskanda panel and many more sculptures are scattered around the temple, covered by grass and almost lost. Heritage activists say the committee members of the temple shifted all the sculptures without informing the Archaeological Survey of India or the state archaeology department.
“When I first visited the site six years ago, I could see all sculptures in proper form. But today they have been removed from their original place and lie scattered near the newly constructed temple. Read more.
Pen and ink drawing of a figure of Durga from the Trimurti Cave at Mamallapuram by an anonymous artist, part of the MacKenzie Collection and from an Album of 37 drawings and plans of the temples and sculptures at Mamallapuram, c. 1816.
Mamallapuram, a tiny village south of Chennai (Madras), was a flourishing port of the Pallava dynasty from the 5th - 8th centuries.
Kanchi Kamakshi temple - Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu, India
The town of Kanchi was the capital of the ancient Pallavas. The The Kamakshi Amman temple at Kanchipuram is an ancient one and is associated with Aadi Sankaracharya of the 1st millennium CE.
(via flickr: visithra manikam)
PLACES IN THE ANCIENT WORLD: Mahabalipuram (India)
MAHABALIPURAM or Mamallapuram is a historic city and UNESCO World Heritage site in Tamil Nadu, India. During the reign of the Pallava dynasty, between the 3rd century CE and 7th century CE, it became an important centre of art, architecture and literature.
Mahabalipuram was already a thriving sea port on the Bay of Bengal before this time. A significant amount of coins and other artefacts excavated from this region also indicate a pre-existing trade relation with the Romans even before it became a part of the Pallava Empire.
Mahabalipuram’s early history is completely shrouded in mystery. Ancient mariners considered this place the land of the Seven Pagodas. There are others who think that Mahabalipuram suffered from a great flood between 10,000 and 13,000 BCE.
Descent of the Ganges 1300 year old sculpture of a summer noon in Himalayas. Sculpted by the Pallavas in the 8th century, this sculpture shows the river Ganges splitting the Himalayas along with the natural scenery.
Photograph of a large sculpture panel depicting the myth of Vishnu as Varaha, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s. Vahara is Vishnu’s Boar incarnation and he is seen here lifting Bhu, the Earth goddess, from the bottom of the sea where she was imprisoned by a sea-devil and the whole world was flooded. Vahara is usually depicted with a human body and an animal head, as can be seen here, where Vahara is shown holding Bhu in his arms. This panel is situated in the rock-cut cave temple at Mamallapuram and dates from the late 7th Century of the Pallava period. Mamallapuram derives its name from the title ‘Mahamalla’ or Great Wrestler of the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I (r.c.630-668).
Gaja Samhara Moorthy – Shiva as Gaja Samhara Gaja Samhara is a fierce aspect of the Hindu god Shiva as the Destroyer of the elephant demon, Gajasura. The icon is popular in Pallava and Chola art, which portray him dancing vigorously in the flayed elephant hide of Gajasura. - wiki
(via Google+ Wonderful Indian Architecture)
KANCHIPURAM (sometimes simply called Kanchi or Kanci) is an ancient city in the Tamil Nadu region of southern India. Once a capital of the Pallava dynasty,
Kanchipuram was also a noted centre of learning for Tamil and Sanskrit scholars. Known as ‘the religious capital of the South’ its early 8th century CE Kailasanatha temple is one of the most impressive structures surviving from ancient India.
Kailasanathar temple is one of the oldest temples in Tamil nadu and this Kanchipuram temple is said to be constructed by the Pallava king Rajasimha in the early eighth century.
(via Flickr: Keshav Mukund Kandhadai)