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A thousand year old temple at Maanampadi ,about twelve kilometer from Kumbakonam , Tamilnadu , India.

The temple is presently in a dilapidated condition but till stands tall by its rich and laudable Chola heritage. The sculptures installed around the temple thousand years ago speaks volume about the great Chola dynasty nad their dedication to temple architecture and devotion to Lord Siva.

Manampadi - Nataraj  Smiling Face

Manampadi – Nataraj
Smiling Face

Maanampadi Nataraj

Maanampadi Nataraj

The smiling Nataraja worshipped by emperor Rajendra Cholan , son of the great Raja Raja Cholan. We can see the Raja Raja chiseled to our left along with his family and to our right his officers. They , as a whole , are standing with folded hands worshiping Lord Nataraja. This scene takes us thousand years back and replicates those days’ happenings inside this very temple

Rajendra Chola with his family

Rajendra Cholan with his family

Rajendra Chola with his officers

Rajendra Cholan with his officers

 

Maanapadi - Dakshinamurthy

Maanampadi – Dakshinamurthy

 

Dakshinamurthy

Dakshinamurthy

Dakshinamurthy is sitting majestically under a banyan tree with an awe-inspiring smile. As usual ,Muyalagan is down under his foot . How the smile is sublimely carved?

Nandi at Manampadi

Nandi at Manampadi

Nandi’s cool and calm posture

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Parvati held fondly with Siva’s left hand, both with eternal smile and we can not get off our eyes from the scene.

 

Maanampadi - Elephant worshipping Linga

Maanampadi – Elephant worshiping Lingam

Maanampadi - Sculptures

Maanampadi – Sculptures

Maanampadi - Lingothbhavar - Brahma - Vishnu

Maanampadi – Lingothbhavar – Brahma – Vishnu , All smiling

Maanampadi - Muyalagan ( Apasmara ) similing under the feet of Dakshinamuthy

Maanampadi – Muyalagan ( Apasmara ) similing under the feet of Dakshinamuthy

Maanampadi - Kannappa nayanar on the northern wall

Maanampadi – Kannappa nayanar on the northern wall

Maanampadi - Ardhanariswarar on the northern wall

Maanampadi – Ardhanariswarar on the northern wall

 

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