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Nayaka Art

 

In Madurai, after the Pandyas came the Vijayanagar kingdom, followed by the Nayak dynasty who in the 17th century converted it into a complex temple city and enclosed its numerous shrines within a walled boundary. The main feature of the temples at Madurai is the tall, flat topped gopuram or gateway with  teirs of sculptural decorations, seeming to originate from the shikharas of Pallava and Chola temples, although the temple structure itself was comparitively low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The story of the Emperor Muchukunda, a very devout man. Painting on the ceiling  of a pillared hall of the Nagaraja temple,Tiruvarur. Nayak,17th century AD.(click on pic. to see larger image)

The story of Bhikshatana & Mohini.Painting on the ceiling  of a pillared hall of the shrine of Sivakamasundari in the Nataraja temple ,Chidambaram. Nayak, 17th century AD.(click on pic. to see larger image)