Kailasanatha Temple of Kanchipuram by Padmabhushan Dr. R. Nagaswamy
In Collaboration with The Museum Society of Mumbai
Auditorium, Visitors Centre, CSMVS
Kailasanatha Temple of Kanchipuram is one of the most fascinating temples, complete in all aspects of a Hindu temple that has retained all its parts as built in the beginning of 8th century. It is the Rajasimhesvara temple, now popularly known as Kailasanatha temple.Built by the Pallava ruler Rajasimha, it is rich in inscriptions that furnish a clear idea of ancient Indian kingship, aspirations, religious leanings, and the role of Agamas in temple buildings. It provides insight into the state Saiva religion and philosophy, the science of the Vastu layout, the iconographic program, the richness of Puranic content, and above all the aesthetic sensibilities of the builder. There are nearly 300 titles of the builder king who is portrayed as a lover of most of the arts: Kalas, as listed in ancient Indian texts. His love of music and dance and attachment to narrative art are reflected in his titles.His sculptures marked by flowing lines and bhavas make this a unique temple. The temple was originally painted from base to top.
The lecture will focus on the multi-dimensional achievements that captivated some of the greatest rulers of India like the Chalukyas and the Cholas.