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Indeed the #rAShTrakUTa king #dantidurga aka #dantivarman II, had #vairamegha or vajramegha as one of his titles.…

Reference to him & this title occurs in the nAlAyira divyaprabandham! tirumangai AZwAr in his tiruvantAdi 2-8-10

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#tirumangai AZwAr

மன்னவன் தொண்டையர் கோன் வணங்கும் நீள் முடி மாலை வயிரமேகன்
தன் வலி தன் புகழ் சூழ்ந்த கச்சி அட்டபுயகரத்து ஆதி தன்னை
கன்னி நன் மா மதிள் மங்கை வேந்தன் காமரு சீர்க் கலிகன்றி குன்றா
இன்னிசையால் சொன்ன செஞ்சொல் மாலை ஏத்த வல்லார்க்கு இடம் வைகுந்தமே
The above verse by #tirumangai AZwAr is on aShTabhujakara viShNu in #kAncipuram

The very 1st line mentions #vairamegha

மன்னவன் தொண்டையர் கோன் வணங்கும் நீள் முடி மாலை வயிரமேகன்

mannavan toṇḍaiyarkōn vaṇaṅgum nīḷmuḍi mālai vayiramēgan…

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Girish Karnad claims in his play #Rakshasatangadi the temple destructon in Hampi was an "insider job"- citing still Virupaksha temple stands tall.

So can he explain why the #Nagareshwara temple in #Halebeedu is totally razed to the ground, while #Hoysaleshwara is mostly intact? Image
Here both shines were Shiva temples. There could be multiple reasons - Nagareswara for being the personal temple where the Kings worshipped was targeted first, and before they finished the job the Hoysala troups were able to guard Hoysaleshara? Your guess is as good as mine.
But the point is so called sahitis from Karnataka have normalized these to based on some random paper by one prof in Columbia. This is due to the white-skin-infliction. Where is thinking power when we need it?

Sorry to say the same trend in the latest historical novel as well.
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1. #Marundeeswarar Temple, #Chennai
Marundu means #medicine ; Eswar is Bhagwan Shiv
Utchavar: Thyagarajar
Consort: TiripuraSundari
Sthal Vriksh: SHAMI TREE/VANNI Tree (#Prosopis #Spicigera)
Sthal Theerth: Pancha Theertha
Agamam: Kameekam
approx: 1500 years old
2. #Temple is dedicated to God Shiva, located in #Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai. It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams where the two of the most revered Nayanars (Saivite Sages), Appar & Tirugnana Sambandar have glorified the Temple with their verses during the 7th-8th century.
3. Temple has been widely expanded by Chola kings during the 11th century. The Temple has two seven tiered Gopuram, a huge pond. The Marundeeswarar Temple has been a place of curative #worship for people with #diseases. The Temple is believed to have partial feature of #Pallava
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Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh.

There are 70 pillars in front of the main temple. 69 touching the ground while one was balanced in hanging position.
Must be at least 1500 to 2000 kg pillar.

This engineering was 481 years ago!
If you love stone sculptures, #Lepakshi Veerabhadra mandir is a must visit place. 100s of exquisite Vijaya Nagara architecture murtis.

Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata... narrated everywhere.

Just two hours drive north of Bengaluru. From Krishna Deva Raya's brother's era.
There is a massive stone Sarpa protecting Shiva linga, behind the Veerabhadra temple in #Lepakshi.

One of the very few Vijayanagara era temples, that was unfinished. You can see from the backside.
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Drove from #Bangalore to #Hospet, a distance of 350 km, on March 25th to see the #Hampi ruins. Instead of going back via Chitradurga, turned onto NH 150A from NH 48 at Hiriyur. The Hiriyur - Hospet stretch has much less traffic compared to Chitradurga-Hospet. #IndiaRoadTrip
Soon after crossing Hiriyur en route to #Hospet (near #Hampi), the landscape transformed itself dramatically. There were beautiful craggy hills and fields with the characteristic red soil of the region, with moderate to scanty vegetation. #IndiaRoadTrip
The #Hiriyur to #Hospet route goes close to #Bellary (now #Ballary), w/ its many mines of the best quality iron. Saw trucks transporting iron ore plying on this route. Incidentally, Bellary has often been in the news for rampant illegal mining & export of iron ore. #IndiaRoadTrip
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