Dakṣiṇāmūrti on Vimānas of Viṣṇu Temples in the Far South

  title={Dakṣiṇāmūrti on Vimānas of Viṣṇu Temples in the Far South},
  author={R. K. K. Rajarajan},
  journal={South Asian Studies},
  pages={131 - 144}
  • R. Rajarajan
  • Published 1 September 2011
  • Art
  • South Asian Studies
Dakṣiṇāmūrti is a Śaivite iconographical form which appears in Indian art from the later Pallava period onwards. It was a stereotyped installation on the southern devakoṣṭha in any Śiva temple from the early Cōḻa period. Deviating from this established pattern, some of the Viṣṇu temples, called Navatiruppatis, on both banks of the River Tāmiraparaṇi in the Far South of India have these images installed on the devakoṣṭhas, grīvakoṣṭhas, and talas of the vimānas in Viṣṇu temples. Why a typical… 
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