Ruined Buildings Of Minor Importance

Ruined Buildings Of Minor Importance

BRIEF HISTORY:Tiruvengalanatha temple (Sarasvati temple) – It is to the north of the Chandrashekhara temple. An inscription dated A.D. 1554 indicates that the shrine was dedicated to Tiruvengalanatha. This temple facing north has on plan a garbhagriha, an antarala and a sabhamantapa having entrances on the north, east and west. The pillars of sabhamantapa have basĀ¬reliefs on them, while the garbhagriha houses a chlorite pedestal carved with Garuda motif. Over the garbhagriha is a dvitala vimana.

B) There is a partly ruined pathway to the north-east of Tiruvengalanatha (Sarasvati) temple. It has an east-west passage flanked on either side by a pillared platform. . . .

C) The ruined Jaina and Siva temples: These are located to the east of Elephant’s Stable and in front of the inscribed Jaina temple: (i) The dilapidated Jaina temple, facing south, has on plan a garbhagriha, an antarala and a mukhamantapa, with its walls partly missing. The garbhagriha houses a pedestal carved with crouching yali. A seated Jina figure adorns the lintel. (ii) To the east of the above temple is a south-facing Siva temple, which has on plan a garbhagriha, antarala and mukhamantapa. On either side of the antarala there is a passage. The door-jambs of the entrance leading to antarala are adorned with Saiva dvarapalas and its lintel with a seated female deity.