Upon the release of the Ponniyin Selvan film last year, many showed a deep interest in the Cholas and what they had left behind.
Till today, the Cholas are remembered as one of the longest-ruling dynasties in world history and also in the southern regions of India. They were mighty conquerors and great administrators for more than 1,500 years.
Less than half the world knows that the Cholas were great patrons of art. During their reign, the most magnificent temples and finest bronze icons were established in South India. These temples, which are now referred to as the Great Living Chola Temples, demonstrate an exceptional artistic accomplishment in the architectural conception of the pure form of the Dravida style of temple.
Here, we have curated a list of temples that were built during the Chola ruling era:
Brihadeeswarar Temple, Tanjore / Thanjavur Periya Kovil
Arulmigu Vijayalaya Choleeshwarar Temple, Narthamalai, Pudukkottai
Bala Subramanya Temple, Kannanur, Pudukottai
Nageswaraswamy Temple, Kumbakonam
Moovar Koil, Kodumbalur, Pudukottai
Kailasanathar Temple, Brahmadesam
Brihadisvara Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram
Airavatesvara Temple, Kumbakonam
Kampaheswarar Temple, Thirubuvanam, Thanjavur
Koranganatha, Srinivasanallur, Musiri
Valisvara Temple, Thiruvalisvaram, Tirunelveli
Perur Pateeswarar Temple, Coimbatore
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