The ancient temples of Tamil Nadu were places where people congregated to worship the Almighty, as well as to enjoy dance, music and drama. All the temples have enormous pillared halls called mantapams for the purpose. Disputes were settled, marriages fixed, treaties were signed between different kingdoms, and festivals were celebrated in these stone mantapams.
This mantapam belongs to the Kartikeya temple at Tiruchendur, built by the Pallava kings 2000 years ago. The twin snakes on the granite pillar is the symbol of the presiding deity.
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