Copper plate inscription of Vijaya Gaṇḍa Gopāla Deva Donations were made to temples, mutts, religious persons and the same was recorded in Palm leaves, copper plates and stone epigraphs by which the records were called as “Tribalī-śāsanam”. Such copper plate inscriptions are available at Kāmakoṭi pīṭham which claims its lineage from Śrīmad Ādi Śaṅkara…Continue reading
The compound like structure around the temple complex is termed as “Mālikā” in the scriptures. While defining the term Mālikā, Kāmikāgama gives the following explanation. शालायामपि शालाङ्गा निष्क्रान्ताननशोभिता। सा शाला मालिका ज्ञेया शास्त्रेस्मिन् कामिकाह्वये।। Part of a śālā with beautifully projected front portion is termed as “Mālikā” in this scripture with…Continue reading
WAS TAMIL TAUGHT IN GHAṬIKĀ?
Ghaṭikā of Kāñcīpuram We know that Ghaṭikās were the educational institutions that were functional since the 3rd CE at Kāñcīpuram. The earliest epigraphic reference on these Ghaṭikās can be seen in Tāḷḷaguṇḍā pillar inscription from Shimoga district, Karnataka. The inscription belongs to Kakusthavarmā of Kadamba dynasty and it mentions about one of his ancestor, two…Continue reading
KAUŚIKĪŚVARA TEMPLE, KĀÑCĪPURAM
Present Name of the temple : Kauśikīśvara, Co(To)kkīśvara Name in inscription : Teṙkkirunda Nakkar Location of the temple : Centre of the city, South west corner of Kāmākṣi Amman temple, Kāñcīpuram Period of the temple : The Parakesari inscription in the temple was assigned to Uttama Coḹa by the early scholars and the temple assigned…Continue reading
KARAṆA SCULPTURES FROM EKĀMRANĀTHA TEMPLE, KĀÑCĪPURAM
Karaṇas are the dance sequences explained in the fourth chapter of Nāṭya śāstra of Bharata. The chapter is known as Tāṇḍava lakṣaṇam and explains one hundred and eight karaṇas to be used for Nṛtta and Vākyārtha abhinaya. The definition of a karaṇa is Hastapādasamāyogaḥ Nṛttasya karaṇam bhavet…Continue reading