Sunday, February 21, 2016

Kalyanasundaresar Temple, Nallur – Paintings

Kalyanasundaresar Temple, Nallur – Paintings
A clutch of rare paintings dating back to the Vijayanagar era were found at the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Kalyanasundareswarar Temple at Nallur in the district recently. Though many paintings adorn the walls of the sanctum sanctorum, except four all have faded.

“The paintings are that of Naradar playing a veena, an artiste holding a pair of cymbals, moon, and child Skanda holding a lotus. They are painted using natural colours and the background is of dark hue with colourful flowers and clouds,”

The temple belonging to Tiruvavaduthurai Adheenam is one of the madakoils of Chola country and is located near the ancient city of Pazhayarai, the historical capital of the Cholas. The temple finds a specific mention in the hagiography of saint Thirunavukarasar and Amarniti Nayanar and was renovated and reconsecrated by the Chola queen, Sembian Mahadevi.

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