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Travel Great Living Chola Temples Darasuram 01

This town, Darasuram, was once known as Rajarajapuram in honour of the Chola king that established it. There are just a few of us at the temple on this scorching afternoon.

Darasuram - Journey into another time

24 February 2014

My journey into interior Tamil Nadu was neither a pleasure trip nor a pilgrimage. It was a quest to walk down the eons of history and understand the might of a dynasty that had left behind many architectural wonders. The Chola Dynasty is an ancient Tamil kingdom that held sway for more than 1,500 years. Narrating their story to the world are the The Great Living Chola Temples. The Brihadisvara temples in Thanjavur and Gangaikondacholapuram, and the Airaveteswara temple at Darasuram, built by Raja Raja Chola I, Rajendra Chola and Raja Raja Chola II in the 11th and 12th centuries today comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I am at Darasuram, lost in the world of sculptures.

Text and photos: LAKSHMI SHARATH

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