The architectural splendors of Indian Temples – 2
A small introduction to the background of the temple: Once the sage Pulasthya son of Lord Brahma, came to Tirupanangadu to have a darshan of Lord Siva. Even after searching for a long time, Pulasthya could not find the Lingam. It then dawned on him that unless Lord Siva desired, his devotees cannot get to see his form. Realizing this, he made a Sivalingam idol and installed it on his own at Tirupanangadu. This idol came to be known as Kripanadeswarar. Legend has it that the Goddess Ambikai urged Siva to give darshan to Pulasthya and the Lord also acceded to her request.
Coming to the point, in the small and well maintained temple, there is a mandapam soon after the tower where Sri Rama’s image is carved with a bow and arrow on a pillar. And, inside the mandapam is another image of the two legendary enemies, Vali and Sugrevan, in a fighting posture carved on another pillar.
As per the great epic Ramayana, it is said that Sri Rama, for the sake of a promise made earlier to his devotee, Sugraven, killed the unbeatable, powerful Vali indirectly from behind during a fierce fight between the brothers. Here we shall not go into the correctness or otherwise of the controversial act of Sri Rama as it has been a highly debated topic in Tamil forums and spiritual discourses by scholars and pandits, however, we shall limit our view on the concept only.
Coming back, the scene is depicted wonderfully on these two pillars bringing out the concept of the ‘hidden killing of Vali’ by Sri Rama. If you look from Rama’s side pillar, you can see both Vali and Sugreva fighting with each other. And, from Vali’s side pillar, Rama’s image is not visible and hidden!.
The unknown sculptor had immortalized his work of art and also brought out the concept clearly and cleverly on a stone medium for years to speak on his wonderful creation. Tirupanangadu is off by 2 km from a place known as Iyengar Kulam on Kancheepuram – Kalavi road in Kancheepuram district, Tamilnadu, India.
(I shall be adding more blogs to this topic, ‘The architectural splendors of Indian Temples’ as and when I get the details and the serial numbers given are on random basis and do not bear any special significance)
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