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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Mamallapuram 2: Five Rathas: Photo 2

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This one is called Draupadi. It's a stone version of a simple village shrine to Durga. The roof imitates thatch, trimmed at the corners with vines and supported at the corners by stone rafters. The stupi or finial sits at the near corner of the temple's platform, from which it was never separated or detached. (There is disagreement on this point, however; Longhurst says it was once on the roof but probably removed by treasure seekers. See his Pallava Architecture, pt. 2, p. 21.) The figures in the side-wall niches are Durga, except at the front, where one guard holds a bow and the other holds a sword; the niches are topped with makara toranas.

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