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Bonding with the Divine through Bhakti or Sufi practice would often call for giving up, be it comforts or one's family, past certainties or the ego. Ideas of surrender or sacrifice are evoked in stories of devotion, in hymns and by pilgrims.
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Sriram Sabhapathy (photographer), Niharika Gupta (curation and captions), Piyush Kukrety (research assistance)
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The name Tēvāram refers to the first seven volumes of the canonical texts of Tamil Śaivism, Paṉṉiru Tirumuṛai, the 12-volume collection of Śaiva devotional poetry. Consisting 800 hymns to Śiva, Tēvāram dates back to the 7th and 8th century. Attributed to the authorship of three Tamil Śaivite…
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S. Gopalakrishnan: The three great Chola temples in Tanjavur—Brihadisvara, Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram—could you elaborate on the roles these three temples played in the fields of music, dance and other art forms of Tanjavur?   Rama Kausalya: I’ll give some introduction first of all. There…
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Sahapedia: Could you talk about how the inscriptions were found in Brihadisvara temple?   T.N. Ramachandran: Thanjavur became the capital of the Chola kingdom during the reign of Raja Raja Chola's grandfather. Urayur in Trichy was the capital until then. Of course, Kaveripattanam was the summer…
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Sahapedia: Could you give a historical perspective on how dance evolved in Thanjavur? B.M. Sundaram: Thanjavur, as you know is a great cultural town; I do not know when the culture of music and art came into existence in Thanjavur. May be from day one it was there. And as we know there are many…
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The module takes us through the Chola period, 'one of the most creative and formative' in Tamil culture. This was when some of India's finest temples were built, whose inspiration endured for later Nayaka and Maratha rulers of the region. 
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The Great Chola Temples: Thanjavur, Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram On 22nd April 1010, the 25th regnal year of the Chola king Arunmolivarman—better known by his title Rajaraja, ‘the King of Kings’—installed a gold-plated pot-finial on the summit of a monumental new temple in the city of…
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