The Satrumallesvara Temple at Thalavanur, built by Mahendra Varman I, belongs to the early phase of Pallava architecture represented by a series of rock-cut shrines built between the 5th and 9th centuries in the Tondaimandalam region, around their capital Kanchipuram.
These temples were the first in South India to be carved out of hard, granite rock. Earlier rock cut shrines, mostly Buddhist, were excavated into the softer rock in the Deccan. This temple is a fine example of temple architecture built without the use of conventional materials. Sculptures and Tamil and Sanskrit inscriptions are found here.
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