Among the most important additions is the Chitra Gopuram
Statues of Mary, Benedict, and Paul adorn the chapel gopuram
At the other extreme, hundreds of statues line the gopuram
of the temple at Madurai: not all of the thirty-three million gods `recognized' in the writings are there, of course, but at least their unbelievable abundance gives us a plausible image of them.
There are many temples on the hill but it is the Venkateshwara Temple with its golden gopuram
and elaborate complex that attracts the devout from all over.
I use the material for a deeper exploration of personal ideas and imagery." Kacker's earlier lidded vessels such as the gopuram
from South India and the temple jar and chorten, are directly inspired by visual imagery from the upper Himalayan region (especially Ladakh) and a fascination for Buddhist artefacts; the philosophies of Buddhism mingling with his exposure while growing up to the rituals and spiritual traditions embraced in his home.
Often these cowsheds were built abutting the temple tower giving this structure the unique name of gopuram
- the "residence of cows".
The temple, constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Tamil Alvar saints (6th-9th centuries CE), with structural additions to it made throughout the 16th century CE, when its ornate Gopuram
29 -- The Thanjavur Big Temple (Thanjai Periya Koil) Gopuram
(Pyramidal Tower) as suffered damage following a lightning strike during the heavy downpour.
However, about 100 monkeys residing inside the 136- feet, seven- storied Gopuram
are feared killed.
Built by Rajaraja Chola I more than 1,000 years ago, it is evident that constructing the temple was a mammoth exercise, and is arguably the greatest temple complex with the most imposing gopuram
in the South.