Nageswaran Temple | Nageswaran Temple Tamil Nadu
Nageswaran Temple Tamil Nadu
Nageswaran Temple Tamil Nadu and Temples in South
India - Nageswaran Temple is one of the many ancient temples that dots Tamil Nadu. Located in Kumbakonam.
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Nageswaran Temple was built in the early half of eleventh century. Nageswaran Temple is place where devotion, mythology and aesthetics blend in perfect amalgamation. The temple is a manifestation of the Chola sculpture and attracts innumerable tourists from all round the globe.
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Tour To Nageswaran Temple - The sanctum sanctorum houses a huge lingam and the popular belief is that the temple derives its name because a serpent
was found worshipping the lingam. The tower that stands in the front is of a medium height but graced with exquisite sculptures.
One of the incredible features of the temple is that from April 14 th , the traditional Tamil New Year, to three days at a stretch, the sun's rays fall directly on the lingam. This phenomenon is a major crowd puller and the devotees assemble in large numbers to seek the blessings of the deity that are said to be enhanced during this time.The outer walls of the sanctum recesses are occupied by wonderful and graceful figurines that exemplify the sheer mastery of the Chola sculptors.You can distinctly make out the jewellery, hairstyle and attire of the figures. Don't mistake these figures as the images of Gods. They are the replications of the wealthy patrons of the temple. Don't miss the Brahma and the Ardhanariswara image on the other side of the outer wall.
Temples in South India - There is a separate shrine dedicated to Goddess Durga in Nageswaran Temple.
Tour To Nageswaran Temple and the huge Mandapam is complete with chariot wheels made of stone. If the mythology is to be given credence, the entire Mandapam came down from heaven on an elephant drawn chariot.
In order to go up to the shrines of Nataraja and Sivakami, one has to ascend the steps of the chariot. But the view is worth the pain, for the images you will behold are the loveliest, extant bronze images. Lord Shiva is engrossed in a vigorous dance and Sivakami is busy keeping the rhythm for this cosmic dance.Going round the temple prakaram, one comes across some of the most splendid architectural sculpture ever seen. Niches in the outer wall of the sanctum contain large, graceful figures in standing postures-both male and female.Their beauty, hairstyle, attire, jewellery and shape are all examples of the supreme skill of the Chola sculptor. These are not figures of gods, but those of the wealthy patrons of the temple. A fabulous Brahma and Ardhanariswara are found on the other side of the outer wall. Smaller sculptures can be seen along the temple main walls. A mesmerising Goddess Durga is housed in a separate shrine here. Further down the compound on the left, is a huge Mandapam complete with giant chariot wheels in stone. Mythology states that the entire Mandapam descended from heaven, on a chariot drawn by elephants.
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