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Shatru Malleswaralayam Rock Cut Temple Thalavanur


Shatru Malleswaralayam Rock Cut Temple Thalavanur

Shatru Malleswaralayam Rock Cut Temple is in Thalavanur, 16 kms from Gingee, Villupuram District, a drivable distance from Chennai, the state capital of Tamil Nadu. It was built by the Pallava king, Mahendra Varman (580 to 630 A.D).

This is a fine example of temple architecture built without the use of conventional materials. It is one of earliest rock cut cave temple in Tamilnadu.

Shatru Malleswaralayam Temple has some fine sculptures and Tamil and Sanskrit inscriptions. Mahendravarman, called Vichitrachitha, an innovator, says in a Sanskrit inscription that he is not building the temple from any perishable material — brick, wood, metal, limestone or stucco. The inscription calls this cave temple Lakshita Yathaanam.

Shatru Malleswaralayam Rock Cut Temple History

Shatrumalleswaram was built by the Pallava king, Mahendravarman in Thalavanur, Villupuram in Tamil Nadu. These temples were the first ones where the artists and artisans of the time experimented with rock cut cave temples that was later to reach its peak in Mamallapuram.

Shatru Malleswaralayam Rock Cut Temple Thalavanur

Shatru Malleswaralayam Rock Cut Temple is carved at the edge of a hillock, overlooking boulders. The makartoranas, the crocodile-shaped door decorations can be found in the fa├žade. Carved on the hill are a small flight of steps cut into the rocks that lead up to the caves of Jain monks, which were retreats where they meditated.

At the base and top of the central mandapam (hall) pillars, holding up the cave’s roof, are large medallions carved on each face of the square sections. Above the entrance is an elaborately carved lintel.

Above the lower edge of the roof is a gently curved overhang with a row of equally spaced candrasalas, relief sculptures with carved faces. On both sides of the mandapam are deep niches with the two Dwarapalakas (the door guardians) flanks the lingam.

How to Reach Shatru Malleswaralayam Rock Cut Temple Thalavanur?

Shatru Malleswaralayam Rock Cut Temple is in Thalavanur, 16 kms from Gingee, Villupuram District, a drivable distance from Chennai, the state capital of Tamil Nadu. It was built by the Pallava king, Mahendra Varman (580 to 630 A.D).

Shatru Malleswaralayam Rock Cut Temple Address

Shatru Malleswaralayam Rock Cut Temple,
Thalavanur, Gingee,
Villupuram District.

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