Sri Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchepuram (Part -2)

The sculptures of Sri Kailasanathar temple, Kanchi are exemplarily beautiful and truly masterpieces on stone. The figures portrayed appeal to the eyes and mind as well and no sooner you would realize the stone panels before you are perfectly balanced and poised with expression and body language to bring out the mood of the scenes. They leave a lasting impression in your mind for a very long time, even after leaving the place.

I made my second visit within a year to this wonderful temple of the Pallava period and spent quite some time going through the details of the scenes depicted there with the help of a non-professional guide who explained me with interest for a paltry sum he asked for as his fee.

Please visit also my earlier blog, ‘The splendors of Indian Temples-12’ for more details and photographs of this temple.

The stone panel-relief sculptures are inside small stone sheltered recesses in the inner corridor surrounding the main shrine of Sri Kailasanathar. These sheltered spaces are to a great extent protect them from the direct Sun and rain. There are also some traces of murals over the sculptures which had vanished with the passage of time. From what little remains there, you could well imagine how grand and magnificent they would have been at the time of their creation. The guide explained the colors of the murals were of vegetable origin which is the reason why they had not faded even after centuries of years.

Here are the photos of sculptures with details of what I heard from the guide and if you have any other views or captions you are most welcome to share.

Lord Narasimha

A mural

Lord Siva plucking the 5th head of Lord Brahma

Lord Siva & Arjuna at logger heads over the dispute of who killed the animal?

Siva, Parvathi and Brahma

Sanskrit inscriptions

Lord Dakshinamurthy

Lord Sankara Narayanan ( Siva & Vishnu)


At the corner of inner Praharam - Lion headed pillars of the Pallava period

Lord Siva

Siva & Parvathi - note the mural

Lord Siva punishing Yama for his disobedience

Lord Siva punishing a demon by cutting his arm with a disc

Pallava Lions

A visit to Sri Kailasanathar temple at Kanchipuram is doubly rewarding as it is a place of worship of Lord Siva as well as a treasure house of stone sculptures which would please your eyes and remind you of the stories you have heard from the scriptures. You would lose yourself in the stream of timelessness amidst those magnificent stone sculptures of the Pallava period, some thirteen centuries old.

CSG Raju


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