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This is a picture of a sclpture of lions in a row which is a part of the 100 pillar hall. The hall is inside the campus of the temple Varadaraja perumal Thirukovil. to know more about this temple continue to read...

.It is an ancient temple built by the Cholas in 1053 [1] and one of the 108 divyadesams the holy abodes of Vishnu. It is located in part of Kanchipuram called the Vishnu Kanchi that is a home for a lot of famous Vishnu temples, including this temple and one of the greatest Hindu scholars, Ramnujacharya is believed to have resided in this temple [2]. The temple is a huge one on a 23 acre complex and is famous for its holiness and ancient history. Another significant thing about the temple are beautiful carved lizards and platted with gold, over the sanctum[3]. The temple is originally built in 1053 and it was expanded during the reings of the great Chola kings Kulottunga Chola I and Vikrama Chola. In 14th century another wall and a gopura was built by the later Chola kings. It has got a huge Prakaram. The tower is also huge and beautifully carved. It is one of the 108 Divya desam. Lord Varadharaja Swamy resides in the upper prakaram. Beneath the sannidhi there is a shrine for Lord Narasimha. There is a separate Shrine for Perundevi Thayaar. Sudarshana, Azhwar's Shrine is near the temple tank and it is in the outer prakaram. The architecture was from Chola and Vijayanagar kingdom. The stone chains in hundred pillared mandapam depicts the complicated architecture.

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Jul 19 2007 16:02 GMT djm
That is an excellent picture. I love the depth of field... Thanks for the history....
Jul 27 2007 16:02 GMT marie2003
beautiful picture !!!!!!!