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ROCK-CUT SIVAN KOIL– ARITTAPATTI

This Siva temple is a fine example of the early Pandya rock-cut temple architecture. This simple but beautiful edifice, which belongs to the 7th - 8th century CE, has a garbhagriha  and a front mandapa . Now the local people call this temple as Idaichchi   mandapam . The Siva linga of this temple has been chiseled in the centre of the same rock. The bas-relief sculptures of the Vinayaka and Siva as Lagulisa adorn the two niches of the exterior wall of the front Mandapa. This is one among the rare Lagulisa sculptures found in Tamil Nadu.

Location: 20 km from Madurai enroute Melur.


Rock cut Sivan Koil

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