(Last Updated on : 09-04-2012)
Impressive sculpture of Koranganatha Temple is quite apparent inspite of its overwhelming size. This particular Chola temple is one of the early shrines and strikes a fine balance between grandeur and art. It was built by King Parantaka I. The miniature sculptures of the daily life have been done in details. A frieze of lions and makaras run around the temple along with fierce looking crocodile creatures. These creatures were probably sculpted to represent the mighty men of the contemporary age. The sculpture of Koranganatha temple also consists of fine portraits. Portraits were one of the main features of Chola sculpture
Both the inner and the outer walls of Koranganatha temple has been adorned with beautiful sculptures. The base of the temple wall flaunts a row of well carved out mythical animals. These animals are known as yazhi. These are a recurring pattern of Chola temple sculpture. In between the niches of the temple wall one would come across the attendants who appear to step out of those nooks. These figures are perfect embodiments of beauty and grace. The sculpture of the temple is a fine prototype of later Chola architecture and sculpture. This is a small temple with beautiful sculptures on every surface.
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