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15th Century Idols found in Chola Temple

Published: 11th March 2014 10:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th March 2014 10:36 AM   |  A+A-

Miniature sculptures belonging to the 15th century Vijayanagara period, were found in a 10th century Chola temple near Tirukkattupalli in Thanjavur district.

Mani Maran, Tamil Pundit of Sarasvathi Mahal Library here, who identified the sculptures said they were found at the basement of the temple. “The sculptures depict a soldier with a sword and shield within tablets measuring 12 centimetre diameter,” he added.

The 10th century Chola temple located in Karuppur village also known as Konerirajapuram, which is in a dilapidated condition, has a Shivalingam in the sanctum. The walls of the sanctum has murals of a later period.

The Amman shrine located nearby, has a beautiful Amman idol, Manimaran said. There is a need to preserve this ancient Meenakshi Sundaresar temple, said Mani Maran.

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