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Friday, May 11, 2012

Athangudi Temple

Athangudi is a small village around 20 Kms from Karaikudi well known for the famous Athangudi tiles. We discovered a beautiful temple there dedicated to Lord Sunderesawarar (Shiva) and his consort Meenakshi (Parvati or Shakthi). This is a fairly large temple with spacious courtyard and is under the management of the Nattukottai Chettiars. Paintings on the ceiling of the inner courtyard depicts scenes from Thiruvilayadal Purana - which describes 64 sports and exploits of Chokkanathar or Sundereswarar. Some of these stories go backward in time the period of the second Tamil Sangam.This is considered the national puranam of Pandyanadu or Pandya Kingdom.
Athangudi is also well known for hand made tiles.For more see my earlier post: http://sankriti.blogspot.in/2011/09/magic-of-athangudi-tiles.html
Imposing Entrance Tower or Gopuram
The large temple tank or "teertham" in front of the gopuram
Entrance door design
Enlarged view of knob
View of temple interiors from Flagstaff or "dwaja sthambham"
The celestial bull Nandi - vehicle of Lord Shiva
A view of "Chandikeswarar shrine"
Scene from Thiruvilayadal - Lord Sunderaswarar selling bangles to ladies of the village
Another scene from Thiruvilayadal 
Lord being whipped by Pandya King for sleeping at work during the construction of bundh across Vaigai
Another Thiruvilayadal legend depicted

24 comments:

  1. beautifully composed classic images!!

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  2. I had been to authangudi several times for the tiles...but I have missed this temple...after seeing ur post Iam tempted to visit it the next time

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  3. Lovely clicks, particularly the paintings and the smaller details.

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  4. Wow, that roof on top of the entrance tower is so beautiful. I have never seen anything like that anywhere. Is this the only building in India that has this kind of roof? You should have taken a close up photo of one part of it so we could see the details.

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  5. Stunning place with magnificent artistry.

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  6. Wonderful shots of the temple. The first shot is imposing.

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  7. @Gigihawaii: This sort of entrance tower is a common feature of Temples in South India. There are hundreds of such temples.

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  8. This kind of architecture is simply amazing. Sadly I didn't find any of these colourful temples on my tour in India.

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  9. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. The first one is excellent, the work of everybody so much into their religion. I love their honesty.

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  10. Thanks for posting this , this temple resembles the Nemam temple, karaiudi but I missed this . May be next time I would add it in my itinerary

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  11. Beautiful pictures. I like the first one!

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  12. amazing paintings... kovilgalin azhage azhagu....

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  13. I'm amazed by all of the carvings, outside and in. The workmanship is beautiful. Great photos, too.

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  14. the temple tank is just so nice we have something similar in Udupi too but this is huge and nicely kept too

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  15. The photographs are wonderful. I have been longing to visit Karaikudi. This place is very special to me.

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  16. Beautiful photographs, fantastically is to visit such unusual places. I am greeting

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  17. wow..looks magnificient...depicts our great art & culture..!
    Tasty Appetite

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  18. Beautiful temple and well captured.

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  19. I am very envious of your job? you seem to go around to wonderful places :) thanks for the wonderful pictures of these beautiful places - noting for when I move back to india :)

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  20. I get to visit these temples through your blog and feel God's blessings always. Thanks for sharing these lovely images of the holy shrines.

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  21. woooooooowwwwww breathtaking views and paintings!!!

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