Panamalai

The site is known for the various ancient structural temples built during the Pallava dynasty. Narasimhavarman II, (aka Rajasimhan) is credited with constructing several temples of the Pallava dynasty; namely the Shore Temple at Mamallapuram, Kailasanathar Temple at Kanchipuram and Talagirisvara Temple at Panamalai - built on a small hillock overlooking the Panamalai Lake.


The garbhagriha houses a Dharalingam and as in Pallava temples of that time, there is also a Somaskanda panel on the rear wall of the sanctum. On the walls of the Ardhamandapam (half Mandapam) one can see panels of deities. The main shrine faces east and the garbhagriha is surrounded on three sides by sub-shrines. A few more these and a Mahamandapam (big Mandapam) have been added to the structure at a later period.


The pillars with squatting lions, a typical Pallava signature, can also be found. On the sub-shrine to the north, a small section of mural has survived the years and bears testimony to the Pallavas’ mastery of the arts.

Panamalai

66 kms to the West (1h 24min drive)

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