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Brahadambal Temple

The rock-cut cave Temple of Sri Kokarneswarar Brahadambal at Thirukokarnam is of Mahendravarma Pallava period. Thirukokarnam is situated just about 5 kms from Pudukkottai. The presiding deity is Gokarneshwarar and his consort is Brahadambal. Lord of Kokarnam is main deity of Tondaiman kings. Locally, this temple is known as Brahadambal temple and it is also known as Arakasu Amman temple. Kokarneswarar Cave Temple is excavated on the southern slope of a low rising hill and faces east.A sanctum is sunk into the back wall and has a monolithic Shiva linga inside. Right side has Ganesha while left is adorned with Shiva as Gangadhara. The mandapams in front of the main rock-out shrine are the work of the Cholas and Pandyas, between 11th & 13th century AD. There is an upper tier in this temple, where the shrines of Subrahmanya, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Annapurani and Rudrakshalingam, Brahma, Jvarahareshwarar, Bhairava, Surya, the Shaivite saints. It is the tutelary deity of Thondaiman rulers of Pudukkottai.      Book Now



Government Museum

The Pudukkottai Museum is situated at Thirugokarnam. It has rare collections in Geology, Zoology, Paintings, Anthropology, Archaeology, Numismatics, Economics, Botany and Philately. The Fine Sculptures and bronzes of various periods are the, attractive items of the Museum. The 103-year-old Government Museum in Pudukottai, an erstwhile princely State, has been given a facelift in connection with its centenary celebrations. This Government Museum is a museum located in the town of Pudukkottai of Pudukkottai District. This is the second largest museum of Tamil Nadu after Government Museum, ChennaiAn additional modernised gallery, a new metal ware gallery and an auditorium are the latest additions at the museum, the second largest in State next to the Chennai museum. Several ancient exhibits that were kept on display at Chennai museum have been brought and showcased at Pudukottai museum that has rich and varied collections of antique items depicting the history and culture of Pudukottai. The newly-created modern gallery with tiled flooring contains exhibits of invertebrates, water birds, different types of fishes, butterflies, arthropods, and reptiles. The main building has been renovated and converted into a modern gallery with diorama cases for display, say museum authorities. On display inside the metal ware gallery are south Indian toys, ancient bronze idols, ornamental plates and trays and copper embossed plates. About 500 metal-related exhibits of the bygone era were brought from the Chennai museum to Pudukottai for display in the metal ware gallery, the authorities said.      Book Now



Kudumiyanmalai Temple

Kudumiyamalai is located about 20 km from Puddukkotai town. The village is centered around a small hillock, where a cave temple has been carved on its foot. This cave temple, locally known as Melaikkovil, has been extended continuously during later times which suggests that this place held quite an importance in the past. We found many inscriptions in and around this temple which go till the advent of British which suggests that this region would have enjoyed the continuous patronage from various dynasties which ruled over this region. However once bustling with social and cultural activities, at present this is a small idle village.River Vellar, flowing north of Puddukkotai town, was the boundary line between the Cholas and Pandya empire. During the time of Mahendravarman I (CE 600-630) this region might be under Pallavas through their vassals, northern part of Puddukkotai, however they were not able to retain it for long and Pandyas won back this from them. Mahendravarman I would have got this region from his father, Simhavishnu, in heritance. Simhavishnu in turn would have won this from the hands of the Cholas. The Cholas were in hibernate mode till their resurgence in ninth century. Till that time, this region oscillated between the Pallavas and the Pandyas. Hence Puddukkotai became the important town witnessing various clashes between these two dynasties. Muthariyars and Irukkuvelirs were the vassal chief of the Pallavas and the Pandyas, which acted as the proxies in the wars between these two kingdoms.      Book Now


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