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800-year-old Iyyanar statue found

Glorious past: 800-year-old Iyyanar statue discovered recently at Periyapuliyur, near Kavindapady. –

Glorious past: 800-year-old Iyyanar statue discovered recently at Periyapuliyur, near Kavindapady. –  

Karthik Madhavan

It belongs to the early Chola period, says Erode museum curator

ERODE: An 800-year-old statue has been discovered at Periyapuliyur, near Kavindapady. It represents village deity Iyyanar, who is found with his consorts Puranai and Pushkalai.

With fans

According to the Curator, Government Museum, Erode, C. Maheswaran, the idol is easily 800 years old and belongs to the early Chola period. While the left hand rests on the left leg, raised to the knee, the right hand holds a whip. The consorts are seen with fans.

In half-buried condition, Iyyanar sports a halo-like hair dressing, which is curled at the end. It appears like a halo. Ancestors worshipped the idol as a deity guarding the village, says Dr. Maheswaran.

He says it was found in a rivulet near Periyapuliyur, when the water receded.

The villagers on discovering brought it to the local temple, where it is worshipped to date. At present it is at the Chamundi Muniappan village, where people from all communities worship the deity.

An interesting aspect of the temple, the curator says, is that deities worshipped by different communities find a place there.

They are clan deities and members from all the communities go there to offer prayers.



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