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LOCATIONS IN TAMILNADU - MAHABALIPURAM (MAMALLAPURAM)
* 8 Sep 2021
This cave temple is a three celled mandapam. There is no maha mandapam
or ardha mandapam. All three shrines are on one common platform with
independent steps leading to each garbagriham. The first cell is
dedicated to Brahma Sastha, the second to Siva and the third to Vishnu.
Beside the Vishnu is a Durga panel.
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The Trimurti cave temple has only the facade of the vimana without the
mandapa in front. Each of its three shrines, dedicated to Siva,
Visnu and Brahma-Sasta is a finished unit, consisting of the adisthaana
with a flight of steps in front, an excavated shrine and a prastaara
(architrave) on top. Its kapota is decorated with koodu arch
motifs, with a row of haaras over it. No superstructure appears
above, as the second tala behind the haara has been reached.
Dvaarapaalas flank each of the shrine entrances. However, further
elaboration of the talas was not attempted in the three because the top
of the rock had already been attained.
Source: A History of Fine Arts in India and the West by Edith Tomory (pg 73), Published by Orient Longman