Take a look at this amazing structure called Vettuvan Koil, in India. The peculiarity of this temple is that it is completely carved into a single huge rock, like the Kailasa Temple in the Ellora Caves.
Although most temples are built by adding blocks and pillars, this has been created by removing and removing parts of a hill or valley.
Perhaps this temple has been built as a model or prototype of the Kailasa Temple since the similarities between these two structures are surprising. Both were built on hills, and according to experts were built at the same time.
In addition, the carvings of the Vettuvan temple are almost identical to those of Kailasa, and both temples face east. The only important difference is that the Kailasa temple is significantly larger than the Vettuvan Koil.
Today, before building something, we usually create a smaller model or prototype, so it helps us understand what it takes to build larger and more complex structures. Do you think the Vettuvan was just a model for the later construction of the Kailasa temple?
One last information: according to the legends, the temple was built by a single man in no more than 48 days.
Vettuvan Koil in Kalugumalai, a panchayat town in Thoothukudi district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The unfinished temple was built under the Pandyan architecture and stone-cut architecture and is believed to have been built during the 8th century by Pandyas. The cut architecture is an example of early Pandyan Art.
The other parts of Kalugumalai house the 800’s Kalugumalai Jain beds and Kalugasalamoorthy Temple, a Murugan temple.
Originally posted 2019-06-15 21:52:10.