Tracing the Chola’s footpath along ECR

By Vimal P Thomas & Puviarasan | November 8, 2020 |

We were looking for a Mandapam (pillared hall) which was said to be located at Ranganathapuram which is 12km from the town of Pondicherry. This place was suggested by a group cycle rider who happened to spot it during one of their rides. We ventured out with the below in picture as a reference. Nothing much was found on Google though.

Photo credit – Triathletes of Pondicherry

Our journey started with a curiosity to find this place and document it completely through this blog post. But we could not locate it in the said village, Ranganathapuram. But however we ended up locating another mandapam similar to the one above in the same village.

According to the locale, this Mandapam was built by Chola to assist people travelling to Ranganathapuram temple at Gingee. This is also the reason why this small village was named Ranganathapuram.

Aathi in conversastion with a locale who lives just near to the Mandapam.
The Mandapam is supported by 8 pillars and walls are built upon sizable blocks of stone. Beautiful carvings can be seen in all pillars.

The wall with sea shells

Each block of the wall measured around 2ft wide.
The granite blocks with which the mandapam is built, has sea shells all over it. This is very peculiar.

We can easily presume that these stones were made from the materials available nearby sea shore.

How to reach / connectivity

Google map link to the site

Stay safe and let’s overcome the second wave

3 responses to “Tracing the Chola’s footpath along ECR”

  1. Great find! Stay safe!

    1. Thank you Kamalesh! Take care!!

  2. Just checking in to register my support. Your piece is well structured Nice job!

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