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Panangudi,Agastisvara Temple-Pudukottai | by Kalai "N" Koyil
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Panangudi,Agastisvara Temple-Pudukottai

This small ekatala shrine,c. 8ft. 9 in. across, had a Padabandha adhisthana the walls are ornamented with Brahmakanta pilasters showing archaic decoration. There are now vacant devakosthas on the bhadras. An archaic bhutamala apperars beneath the kapota of the prastara.The griva is somewhat subdued.In the grivakosthas there are figures of Sanmukha(east),Dakshinamurti(south),Visnu(west), and Brahma(north).The sikhara is somewhat stunted,its flexure not particularly pleasing.The ardhamandapa has no pillars inside.There are traces of Parivara-shrines.The Nandi as well as the figures in the griva seem archaic in their modelling.

The temple may have been built in the second quarter of the ninth century.An inscription of the 14th year of Ko-Parakesarivarma(Parantaka I, A.D. 921) is known but the temple is certainly older than that inscription.

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Taken on December 25, 2014