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13th century inscriptions found in Indian temple

Inscriptions dating back to the Pandya and Nayak periods have been found in an ancient temple in southern India.

The inscriptions date back to the period of Sundara Pandiyan (1212-1239), Jatavarman Kulasekara Pandiyan-II (1237AD)-to Veerapandiyan (1253-74) and Nayak period (1782AD) said a team of epigraphists who recently found the etchings on the tank bund of the ancient temple in Vellanchar village. The Inscriptions also mention about a piece of land gifted to the temple by merchants,farmers and temple employees. Raja Mohammed,President, Pudukottai Historical Cultural Research Centre, said the two inscriptions on Jatavarman Kulasekara Pandiyan II who ruled only for two years,throws light on how erudite members of his court and cabinet were. Jatavarnam Kulasekara Pandiyan II ruled the area along with some other Pandiya rulers as per the inscriptions. The name of the temple,according to the inscription, was “Kulothunga Choliswaram”-and the presiding deity Kulothunga Choliswara Mudaya Nayanar(Shiva).

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