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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Kanchipuram: Kailasanatha Temple: Photo 10

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Here we focus on the side temples seen while standing on the steps in the previous picture. Each has a lila-murti of Shiva, or an image of one of his many forms. Each shrine is crowned with a stupika.

Longhurst wrote that this "vast collection of Saiva deities, symbols and legends depicted in the bas-reliefs must be quite the largest and most complete in India." K.R. Srinivasan has made a list of them. For the south wall, seen here, they include "Durga, Skanda, Bhagavati, Tripurantaka, Gurudarudha-Visnu, Asura-samhara, Nrsimha, Svisnu, Trivikrama, Samudramanthana, Siva-tandava, Siva cutting off the fifth head of Brahma, Kiratarjuna-yuddha, Yogesa, Jalandharavadha, Destruction of Daksa's yajna, Brahma with consort, Tripurantaka, Kalari, Ganataka, Gangadhara, and Urdhvatandava." (See Srinivasan's discussion of this temple in The Encyclopedia of Indian Temple Architecture, p. 63).

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