There is a controversy over
the origin of the Pailavas. Some view that the Pallavas were of Persian
origin. Some consider that they were the feudatories of the Satavahanas.
There are others, who view that they were the natives of Tondaimandalam,
Art and Architecture
Art and Architecture under the Pallavas Mahendravarman I was a great builder. He excavated many rock cut tem at Tiruchirapalli, Chengalpet, North and South Arcot districts. He dug a number of lakes which include Mamandur and Mahendravadi lakes. He also wrote a Sanskrit drama called Mattavilasa prahasana. He was also a composer of music.
Narasimhavarman I NarasimhaVarman
I was responsible for rock cut temples and cut out shrines. (Vimanas and
Rathas). At Mamallapuram the Varaha, Trimurti and Mahishasuramardhini
and the Panchapandava Rathas are the best examples. The depiction of Arjuna’S
Penance or the Descent of the Ganges is a remarkable artifact at Mamallapuram.
During Rajasimha’s period, the famous Kailasanathar Temple at Kanchipuram
was built. Nandivarmar II built the famous Vaikundaperumal temple at Kanchipuram.
These temples were the cultural centers for towns and villages. The kings
and the public had their assemblies in these temples. Fine arts like music
and dance performances were held in these temples. These temples were
also centers of learning.
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