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| Last Updated:: 14/09/2023

Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave temple






Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala is one of the ancient rock - cut temples in Kerala.


This historic monument features 18th century rock cut sculptures which was left unnoticed for a long time. Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple is a small shrine with a central cell, having an independent sculpture of seated Dakshinamurthi datable to 8th century AD. On the two sides of the cell are unfinished panel depicting sculptures of Tripurantaka and Siva as Nataraja and Parvati standing close to him.




Tripurantaka carrying a bow and arrow in two of his four hands is a fine example of the 8th century sculptural art. His left foot rests on Apasmara, the crown of hair elegantly carved as a high headdress and is highly ornate. It is interesting that different forms of Tripurantaka had developed at such an early date. This presentation is a precursor of a similar type in metal of the time of Rajaraja I. This is a centrally protected monument under the control of Archaeological Survey of India since 1965.