Later Pandya Collapsed Architectural Engineering Adinarayana Perumal Temple in Madurai - A Ground Report

Authors : Dr. R. Praiya; Dr. S. Rajagopal

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 2 - February

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- Search and research are the basic ideology of researchers. During the field survey of cultivated paddy land by authors and found a collapsed later Pandya style architectural engineering ‘Adi Narayanaperumal’ temple at Kovilur village in Alanganallur of Madurai district. This temple was called by the locals ‘Otta Kovil’ and the temple was constructed with a double stone wall structure in a single beam. Temple’s front entrance hall has embossed a Karudalvar and Hanuman standing posture sculpture, Vaishnava symbol, Conch, Chakra, and later Pandya symbol a cendu between the two fishes. The collapsed temple engraved women’s feutus structure, pregnant woman various postures, and broken male and female idols. This temple functioned as a medical institution because here found medicare remains pits. ‘Adi Narayanaperumal’ and ‘Alagar’ two-word inscriptions are also found. Some evidence sculpture visible that repair/renovation engineering work was done by Nayaka ruler under the supremacy of Vijayanagara rulers. Regarding this new finding, we discuss the succeeding paragraph in detail.

Keywords : Mandapam, Sculpture, Stone Window, Medicare Pit, Double wall.


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