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Gangaikondacholapuram is a modest village of Tamil Nadu, exalted name "city of the Cholas who took the Ganges," was the capital of the powerful Chola dynasty during the reign of King Rajendra (1012-1044), military commander as his magnificent father Rajaraja I, who was the first Tamil leader who ventured to travel north. Built his city to commemorate the success of his campaign for the Ganges.

Except for the majestic, Brihadishvara Temple, there is little that remains of that capital. Built as a replica of Brihadishvara Temple, Thanjavur, though the sanctuary is smaller than that of Thanjavur. The lower walls, columns and niches are adorned with striking relief. These are magnificent examples of Chola art, as you can see by the relief that I show here. One of the most notable is the panel that plays Shiva, bless Chandesha, a devout carved with the features of Rajendra I. In the courtyard there are steps to reach a well, which is believed to be filled with water from the Ganges to the rituals of every day.


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Gangaikondacholapuram es un modesto pueblo de Tamil Nadu, de excelso nombre “la ciudad de los cholas que tomaron el Ganges”, fue la capital de la poderosa dinastía Chola, durante el reinado del rey Rajendra (1012-1044), magnifico comandante militar como su padre Rajaraja I, que fue el primer gobernante tamil que se aventuró a viajar hacia el norte. Construyo su ciudad para conmemorar el éxito de su campaña por el Ganges.

A excepción del majestuoso Brihadishvara Temple, es poco lo que se conserva de aquella capital. Erigido como una réplica del Brihadishvara Temple de Thanjavur, aunque el santuario es más pequeño que el de Thanjavur. Los muros inferiores, columnas y nichos aparecen ornamentados con sorprendentes relieves. Estos son magníficos exponentes del arte chola, como podéis ver por el relieve que aquí os muestro.
Uno de los paneles mas notables es el que reproduce a Siva bendiciendo a Chandesha, un devoto esculpido con los rasgos de Rajendra I. En el patio hay unos escalones para acceder a un pozo, que se cree se llenaba con agua del Ganges para los rituales de cada día.

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