|Vanamutti Perumal temple, Kozhikuthi, TN .templeadvisor.com|
When it comes to architectural wonders in rocks, Hindu temples stand apart and the impressive work is a sermon in rocks. They stand as a testimony to our early generation of sculptors who made wonders on rock using their wand - sharp chisel. Hindu, Buddha and Jain temples contain thousands of intricately carved sculptures of exceptional beauty done with meticulous care, At the Big Shiva temple in Thanjavur, behind the Subranaiyar shrine on the outer walls around the structure roughly five and half feet above the ground are countless tiny holes as small as those in the stitching needles through which you can pass the thread. They go around the wall between two carved layers of rock. Centuries ago, our sculptors were well advanced in their skill in dealing with all kinds of rocks and knew the art of how to chisel out the right image with details. You need immense dexterity to do this kind of complicated job on rocks.
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|Kozhikuthi Vanamutti Perumal divyadesam.com|
Generally speaking, in all Hindu temples only one side of the sanctum (the direction of God's face) is open and the rest are closed. But in this shrine the main entrance takes you to the back portion of the Lord. Lord Hanuman’s tail is seen raised up to his head and there is a small bell at the end of the tail. The musical Anjaneya idol of this shetra is rare and one of a kind in India!!
Kozhi Kuthu Van Mutti Perumal, Dinamalar: Bakthi weekly Magazine dated 18 july 2019.