|Nrpatunga pallava temple on island in Paalaru|
|Lion sculpture in Nrpatunga temple|
But the locale is still beautiful and would be more so if the river had more flowing water. This was in a village called Paramesvara mangalam, probably a Brahmin settlement, commissioned by Paramesvara Pallava, son of Narasimha Varma, conqueror of Vatapi.
After this, we moved on to the nearby Naththam Paramesvara mangalam section of the village, which had another old temple modernised by recent activity - you can see the scattered old sculptures nearby, discarded like so much trash.
|Bikshatana in a koshtam|
The priest said that some visitor told him that this was built by Paramesvara Pallava - if so it must have been in brick, because granite structural temples were begun by Paramesvara's son RajaSimha, as per scholars. The temple had a Chola structure, with the signature Lingodhbhava sculpture in the rear koshta.
The villagers believed that the Nrpatunga temple is older, but I told them he came 200 years after Paramesvara.
After we visited some megalithic burial site in Tirupporur and Siruthavur.
PS: Blogger seems to limit number of photos I can upload...