Art and Architecture of Sri Akilandeswari Temple, Tenkarai
Akilandeswari is pronounced as ‘Akilam - Aanda – Eswari’ Akilam – Universe, Aanda – Ruler, Eswari – Goddess is an aspect of the goddess Parvati, Shiva’s consort. King Virapandya, in the year 946 C.E constructed a temple for Lord Siva, so says Tenkarai Puranam and the inscriptions. This temple lasted for 100 years and, in due course, falls into decay. In the 11th century, Parakrama Pandian constructed a temple in the same place. This took 17 years for the completion.
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