Veetrirundha Perumal Temple, Swamimalai

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The Veetrirundha Perumal Temple, located in the township of Veppathur in Thanjavur district, is a Hindu worship place. The deity worshipped in the Temple is the Lord Vishnu. Although no official records remain, the Temple is said to have been built in and around AD 850 by the Pallavas. Raja Raja Chola and Krishnadevaraya are also thought to have renovated the temple. The Temple is constructed atop another ancient temple made of brick, of which some remains endured. These remains are among the oldest in Tamil Nadu and are one of the only two surviving pre-Pallava Hindu temples.

According to Dr. T Satyamurthy, a prominent archaeologist, the architectural excellence shown by the constructors of the temple is reflected by the fact that even after hundreds of years, the binding material among the bricks has held on even though the temple itself is in a decrepit state.


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