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Gangai konda Cholapuram

We had an opportunity to visit this temple in January 2017 . It was a month before the Kudamuluku (kumbhabhishegam) a ritual done after renovating a temple .

After reading Ponniyin selvan a book written by author Kalki who is famous in historical stories with fictional characters added to make it more interesting to read .Ponniyin selvan tells the story of “Arulmozhi” Varman later known as “Rajaraja Cholan”.

Before reading this book I got a chance to see Brihadeeswarar temple . Waiting for next chance to visit that temple again .

This temple is in Jayamkondan in Ariyalur district.

This temple was built by King Rajendra Cholan , son of King Rajaraja Cholan who built Brihadeeshwarar temple ( Thanjai Periya Koil ) .

Rajendra cholan was named as Gangai Kondan after his victory of Ganges . He shifted his capital to 70kms of Thanjavur and named it as Gangai konda Cholapuram .

This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is magnificent and has lingam of 13 feet with a huge Nandi in front .

There are seperate shrines for Periyanayaki Amman Durgai chandikeswarar and Bhairavar .

Awestruck by the carvings and enormous temple we spend almost more than an hour being it a cloudy breezy day .

The temple well with a lion face is another architectural marvel and known as simhakeni .

Gangai konda Cholapuram temple view from entrance
The big Nandi
The tall Gopuram
The side view of the temple
The side entrance
Preparations for kudamuluku
List of the rituals
Beautiful carvings on the temple wall

Published by Ranjini Madhavan

Iam a homemaker who like to travel to spiritual places and like to share my spiritual tours , pictures and my personal tour experiences .Though am not expressive to put it in words thought it would be easy for others who likes to travel these places so that they may know what all places to be covered and a sweet memories for myself.

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