Trimurthi Temple Mandagapattu

Trimurthi Temple, Mandagapattu

Other Temples, Villupuram District


Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, facing north

Trimurthi Temple Mandagapatti is a Rock Cut temple for the holy trinity of Hinduism – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. This north facing cave shrine has two pillars and two pilasters in its front façade, thus forming three bays. It is 22 feet in length, 24 feet in width and 9 feet in height. The front façade is very simple. On either side are carved two Dwarpalakas. Behind the first front row of pillars, there is another row of two pillars and pilasters. These form the Mukha Mantapa and the part behind the second row of pillars forms Ardha Mantapa. Four pilasters on the back wall form three cells, each 3 feet deep, one each for Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. There are few traces of painting seen on the back walls of the cells suggesting worship of painted deities. There are sockets in the floor inside the cells, which suggests that the statutes of the deities would have been fitted into these.


Built between 610-640 AD, Trimurthi Temple Mandagapattu is a Pallava temple in the control of Archaeological Survey of India and is believed to be the first rock cut temple in Tamilnadu. There is one inscription found on the front pillar of this cave. This Sanskrit language inscription is written in Pallava Grantha script which translates as below:
‘This brick-less, timber-less, metal-less and mortar-less temple, Lakshita-yatna, which is mansion for Brahma, Ishvara and Vishnu was caused to be made by the King Vicitra-cita'( Mahendravarman I).


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Trimurthi Temple Mandagapattu is off the Gingee to Villupuram road. Located about 20 km from Viluppuram and 17 km from Gingee, there is a board on the main road which will lead you to the temple. From near here there are two more ancient temples Brahmapureeswarar and Padaleeswarar which have to be seen. Come back to the main road and take the next road leading east to reach these temples. After this there is one more siva temple in Esalai and the same road will take you to the GST road in between Tindivanam and Villupuram.

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