Agneeswarar Temple Kudalur Madhuranthagam

July 29, 2013

Kudalur (கூடலூர்) is a small village about 6 kilometers from Madhuranthagam in Kancheepuram district. Villagers have found a ruined temple of Lord Shiva. Reach Foundation has arranged a trip on 17th Feb 2013 to this temple to study its restoration.

Some of the highlights of the temple:

About two feet thick wall should have been there. Though portion above ground level is totally missing, below it seems to be intact.

It should have had nice mandapa in the front with several pillars having inscriptions.

The temple is currently about 3 feet below surrounding ground level. Probably there was some flood/breach of a tank which deposited mud all around.

The inscriptions on the pillar are in a very corroded condition, may belong to Chola period.

One inscription on the wall has ‘Aagneswaramudaya’, by which we can infer that the Siva should be Aagneewarar.

Some pictures are here

A side view of place with make shift temple.

A side view of place with make shift temple.  Original structure can be seen below

Pillars of the mandapa lying around

Pillars of the mandapa lying around

Another view

Another view

A pillar temporarily  placed showing the depth of the original structure

A pillar temporarily placed showing the depth of the original structure

Basement of the wall

Basement of the wall

Basement of the original wall

Basement of the original wall

Bricks of the original temple - may be late pallava?

Bricks of the original temple – may be late pallava?

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History lying uncared
History lying uncared

History lying uncared

Shri.Ramachandran Genius  Epigraphist  in action

Shri.Ramachandran Genius Epigraphist in action

Northern side of the main temple

Northern side of the main temple

A sample excavation to assess the depth in progress

A sample excavation to assess the depth in progress

A sample excavation to assess the depth in progress

A sample excavation to assess the depth in progress

The outlet and the container

The outlet and the container

The inscription with Aagneeswara

The inscription with Aagneeswara

Beautiful Nandi

Beautiful Nandi

Chandikeswarar

Chandikeswarar

Lord Shiva as Aagneewarar

Lord Shiva as Aagneewarar

Every body in the makeshift structure waiting for restoration of their original abode

Every body in the makeshift structure waiting for restoration of their original abode

The villager - very enthusiastic about restoration.

The villager – very enthusiastic about restoration.

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