Airavateshwar Temple at Darasuram a Lesser-Known Historical Monument - An Architectural Marvel Promoting Globalisation and Cultural Identity

  • J Cinthia Assistant Professor, Department of History, Stella Maris College (Autonomous), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India https://orcid.org/0009-0007-3019-4642
Keywords: Airavateshwara Temple, Lesser – Known, Historical Monument, Globalaisation, Cultural Identity

Abstract

Globalization refers to the interconnectedness and interdependence of nations, economies, cultures, and societies worldwide. It is a multifaceted phenomenon driven by advances in technology, communication, transportation, and trade. Cultural identity usually refers to an individual’s sense of belonging towards a particular culture including shared traditions, beliefs, values, customs, language, and heritage. It shapes individuals’ understanding of who they are and where they come from, influencing their behaviors, attitudes, and interactions with others. Understanding and respecting cultural identity is essential for promoting diversity, inclusion, and mutual understanding in multicultural societies. Embracing cultural differences and fostering dialogue and exchange among diverse communities can contribute to building more inclusive and harmonious societies that celebrate the richness and complexity of human cultural heritage. The Airavatesvara Temple is indeed a remarkable monument located in Darasuram, a village near Kumbakonam in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and forms a part of the Greatest Live Chola Temples, along with the Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur and the Gangaikonda
Cholapuram Temple. Built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century CE, the Airavatesvara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and showcases the brilliant architecture and intricate carvings typical of Chola dynasty temples. The temple is celebrated for its spectacular vimana (tower) and intricate sculptures that adorn its walls and pillars. This research study is part of the ICSSR Minor Research Project 2022-23 on Identification and Appreciation of Lesser-known Historical Monuments that Promote Tourism, History, Heritage and Economy with Special Reference to Tamil Nadu. This research study on the Airavateshwar Temple at Darasuram a lesser - known historical monuments - An architectural marvel promoting Globalisation and cultural Identitywill focus on the history, geography and architecture of the Airavateshwara Temple. It will also give details of how this lesser-known historical monument can promote, tourism, history, heritage and economy in Tamil Nadu as well as globalisation and its cultural.

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2024-04-01
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