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8~9th C

Cave temples were carved in Tamil Nadu too. Rock cut temples are found in Mahabalipuram and Garudamalai. They were all incomplete, but the sculpture is of high quality. Vattuvan Koil means sculptors’ paradise. They reflect the south type temple style of the Pandya age. Nearby at a rock, reliefs of Jain tirthankaras can be found which highlights the fact that both the religions enjoyed cordial relations.
The sculpting begins at the peak and the lower portion has been left incomplete.
The shikhara at the peak.
Jain relief sculptures