Thursday, June 7, 2018

Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple, Narasingam, Yanaimalai – Inscriptions

Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple, Narasingam, Yanaimalai – Inscriptions
The Temple has nine inscriptions. Of these, eight belong to the Pandya rulers and the remaining one to Krishnadevaraya. The inscriptions at the temple are in ancient TamilBrahmi and Vattezhuthu. There are two inscriptions of Srivallabha Pandya (1101-1124 A.D.), which speak about the gifts made to the temple. There are also inscriptions of later Pandyas and one of them, belonging to the rule of Sundara Pandya, (1216-1238 A.D.) gives details about his conquest of the Chola country.

Another inscription says that land gifts were made at Iyakkimangalam village for conducting the festival in the Anaimalai Temple. Later inscriptions are mostly incomplete. Inscriptions in the cave temple say that Maran Kari, the minister of the Pandya king, started the construction of the temple in 770 A.D., which remained unfinished, either due to his death or due to some other calamity, and was completed by his brother Maran Eyinan later. He also built the Muka Mandapam and consecrated the temple.

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