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Kottukkal cave temple

Kottukkal cave temple, also known as  Kaltrikkovil in Malayalam, is an existing example  of rock cut architecture, built between 6th and  8th centuries CE. It is situated in village named  Kottukkal, near Anchal, Kollam district, Kerala,  India.   The name Kottukkal (which means Kottiya Kallu  - carved rock) is the reference to rock cut  shrine.There are two caves of unequal size, both  facing the east with the sculpture of main deity  Ganapathy in between.   The smaller cave has an idol of Hanuman and  the larger one has a monolithic Nandi (bull) in it.  Lord Shiva is also a deity in the temple in the  form of a Shiva Ling. According to local  traditions, the big rock was brought to the area by  the incarnations of Shiva including Nandi to the area, and another small rock near to it called 'Chummaadu  Para' is believed to be the support to relieve the pain when the bigger hard rock kept in head.   Historians read its origin back to the 7th century AD when 'Nedila Paranthaka Nedumchadayan' who ruled  Chadayamangalam the nearby place, made the rock cut temple. It is now situated in the centre of a large  extent of paddy fields and daily rituals are done under Travancore Devaswom Board. The calmness and  tranquility of the area attracts the travellers, and one can reach the spot travelling 45 kilometers from Kollam   

Jatayu Sculpture

A huge sculpture of a mythological bird from the  Indian epic Ramayana is under construction at the  top a Rock. It is expected to be completed by  2011.  The 200-foot long, 150 - foot wide and 50 -  foot tall “ functional “ sculpture of Jatayu will be  built on a 1,000-foot tall rock at  Chadayamangalam.   This will have three storeys inside  with other  attractions including a museum and mini film  theatre. The form of the Bird would be lying on its  back with a broken wing, raising its head.   The visitors who enter the sculpture can literally  have a Bird’s Eye View as Jatayu’s eyes are  planned to be round windows opening out to the  world. Once finished, Jatayu sculpture would be  the biggest functional sculpture in the Asian continent. It can be termed as the tallest sculpture as well.     The form of the Bird would be lying on its back with a broken wing, raising its head. The visitors who enter the  sculpture can literally have a Bird’s Eye View as Jatayu’s eyes are planned to be round windows opening out  to the world.  Once finished, Jatayu sculpture would be the biggest functional sculpture in the Asian continent.  It can be termed as the tallest sculpture as well. The rock is ideal for trekking and can find lot of Tourists. The  rock is ideal for trekking and can find lot of Tourists.    

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