THE PENANCE PANEL AT MĀMALLAPURAM – SOME OBSERVATIONS

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Several arguments in identification of penance panel at Māmallapuram have been presented by scholars. The arguments are well documented in the following link which is sufficient for reference. http://puratattva.in/2016/07/07/mamallapuram-the-great-penance-3718 Nevertheless, I would like to cite some more references to clarify the details of the relief and its identification. Both the scenes – Bhagīratha’s penance and…

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BHŪTA GAṆAS

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            We have seen So many Gaṇas in the sculptures accompanying Lord Śiva and other some deities. They are often seen in the Valabhi portion which is termed as “Bhūtamālā”. They are seen doing mischievous actions and with several shapes and heads. Shall we see the purāṇic details behind them?             While explaining the creation…

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NEW INSCRIPTION OF RĀJASIṀHA PALLAVA FROM KĀMĀKṢI AMMAN TEMPLE, KĀÑCĪPURAM

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Found this inscription along with Sri. Swaminatha sthapati, from the steps adjacent to Baṅgāru amman shrine at śrī Kāmākṣi temple who resides at the heart of Kāñcīpuram. I astonished by this discovery since this is the first inscription of Rājasiṁha pallava found in a non-pallava period temple at Kāñcīpuram. The inscription is fragmentary and in…

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COPPER PLATE INSCRIPTIONS OF KĀÑCĪ KĀMAKOṬI PĪṬHAM – 2

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Copper plate inscription of Vīra Narasiṃha Deva           There are four sets of Copper plate grants in the collection of Kāñcī Kāmakoṭi pīṭha that were given by the Vijayanagara kings. The earliest of the set belongs to the reign of Vīranarsiṃha of Tuḷuva dynasty, brother of the well known Kṛṣṇa Devarāya. He ruled from 1505…

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A PEEP INTO THE KARAṆAS OF TAÑJĀVŪR – PART 3

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Valitoruka           This is third in the order. Nāṭya śāstra describes the karaṇa as follows.           शुकतुण्डौ यदा हस्तौ व्यावृत्तपरिवर्त्तितौ।        ऊरू च वलितौ यस्मिन् वलितोरुकमुच्यते।।        The Karaṇa is called as “Valitoruka” where the śukatuṇḍa hastas are in Vyāvṛtta and Parivartita mode and thighs (ūrū) are in the valita position.           Abhinava gupta further…

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