Mandagapattu Tirumurti Temple

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Mandagapattu Tirumurti Temple is a Hindu temple situated in the village of Mandagapattu in the Viluppuram district of Tamil Nadu, India. Hewn from rock by the Pallava ruler Mahendravarman I in honour of the Hindu Trinity, the cave temple is the considered to be the oldest stone shrine to a Hindu god to be discovered in Tamil Nadu[1]. The temple has a Sanskrit inscription written in Pallava Grantha attributed to Mahendravarman I.

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The inscription reads: EtadanishTamadrumamalOhamasudham vichitra chitEna nirmA pitanrupENabrahmEsharaviShNulakSitAyanam, which translates to "The temple dedicated to Brahma, Siva and Vishnu was excavated by Vichitrachitta without using brick, timber, metal and mortar".


  1. ^ Sastri, p 690


  • K.A. Nilakanta Sastri, K.A (2000) [1935]. The CōĻas. Madras: University of Madras.