The main shrines of Moovar Koil all display the hallmarks of southern Indian temple architecture – in this case, a main vestibule built in a rectangular layout mounted with ornately carved, layered pyramidal roofs. Since these were dedicated to Shiva, the entrance to each shrine features a carving of Nandi the Bull as gate-guardian. The outer walls of the shrines feature intricately carved dancing figurines ensconced in rectangular niches, and elaborate motifs. This seems to be a slight departure from the typical architectural zeitgeist of the time. While only two of the three main temples survive today, the ‘ardha-mandapam’ or the base, of each remains intact. The three structures are also surrounded by sixteen smaller temples and all of them looked out on to a large, main compound. Two gates, in the west and northeast, were once built into a surrounding compound wall. The roof of each temple consists of three different tiers. The topmost layer resembles an inverted lotus and features horse-shoe shaped carvings along all four sides. On the whole, the architecture of Moovar Koil seems to display a mix of influences and styles. The shrines feature techniques that would later gain prominence in Pallava temples, while several features also seem to borrow from Buddhist artistic styles.
Agarapatti, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu 621316, India
Monsoon : Maximum: 31.9°C Minimum: 24.4°C
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Recommended Season to Visit : Winter season (November-March)
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