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  Monuments-peeping into the past

Monuments are great tellers of History. Volumes they speak on Culture, tradition and socio-political scenes in days of yore. The protected monuments come under

the administration of Archeology Department of Kerala . Here follows a list of the monuments

 

CHENNAMATH TEMPLE

This old Siva temple has circular vimana. It is ekathala alpavimana. It is of sandhara type. Two armed dwarapalakas in stone work is seen here on the flanks of the main door entrance. The Balipita is on the open outside the prakara door on the eastern side. It is a unitary temple but with an interesting array of Kostha devadas on the wall Gavakshas. The windows are set with in the pilastered divisions of the wall. It is an early medieval Kerala type . The temple is situated at Meenad village in Kollam district.

SUSPENSION BRIDGE PUNALUR

The suspension bridge spanning the Kallada River in Punalur is the only one of its kind in south India and it is 400 ft. long. As this bridge erected in 1877 is found to be not strong enough to cope with the mounting flow of pasenger and goods traffic, a new concrete bridge is constructed near by. The Suspension Bridge is now of archaeological interest only. Its construction was commenced in 1871-72 and completed in 1877-78 AD. Located at Punalur village in Pathanapuram Taluk.

PATHANAMTHITTA

ROCK CUT TEMPLE, THRIKKAKUDY

It is the oldest cave temple in Kerala. It belongs to the latter half of the 8th centruy AD if not earlier as suggested by its close resemblance to later Pallava work. The cave is 19 feet 8 inches broad and 8 feet 6 inches high. Two pillars, 8 feet 8 inches in height, divide the breadth of the cave into three openings, two of which are 5 feet broad the other being only 4 feet 8 inches. The central shrine is a cylindrical rock cut linga. The entrance is facing west.

Inside the square garbhagriha, Sivalinga is fixed on rectangle peeta. Two dwarapalaka figures are seen. One of them is of a local chieftain and the other carrying 'gada', On the north and south walls of the ardha mandapa there is a figure of Chathurbhuja Ganapathi and a 'Bhikshu' respectively. Location: Thiruvalla Taluk in Pathanamthitta District. ALAPPUZHA

NARASIMHA TEMPLE, CHATHANKULANGARA

This beautiful temple Contains many wooden sculptures which are considered to be of 14th century AD. Temple structure is Chaturasra alpavimana. Nirandhara type, although having a passage around the sanctum. Above the Granite adhistana the outer wall is ornamented with 21 panels of different wooden sculptures of deities and puranic scenes. Dwarapalakas on both sides. Balipita is well outside the inner scheme. Dhwajastambha is in the open. The temple is situated at ChengannoorTaluk in Alappuzha district.