The mahamandapa of this beautiful Airavateswara temple of Darasuram portrays beautifully the nitya-vinoda theme of the temple. The stress on the detail on each pillar, the numerous mandapas, and the small size of the gopuram and vimana makes it a unique expression of the Cholas, or probably of the Pandyas! The return of the lion based pillar is clearly seen everywhere. Now that the lion is back, it also has an elephant’s trunk and is called the yala. I particularly liked the three dwarfs holding the garbhagriham’s water drain channel above the tank – a slight advancement from the Cholas’ model. The entire temple is filled with dance forms, musicians, and stories. It was fun and interesting to be at the temple.

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The mahamandapa of this beautiful Airavateswara temple of Darasuram portrays beautifully the nitya-vinoda theme of the temple. The stress on the detail on each pillar, the numerous mandapas, and the small size of the gopuram and vimana makes it a unique expression of the Cholas, or probably of the...