historical records speak volumes of the pious intentions and dedicated involvement of the
Cholas, Pandiyas and Pallavas.
Recorded history is
provided mostly in inscriptions on the ramparts of the temple and in copper plates
presently kept with the archeological department.
- Except for a few phrases in 'prakrith'
or 'grantha' the script adopted is chaste Tamil of yester years.
The inscriptions date back to 13th century AD. Before
this date in the 9th century AD itself, NANDIVARMAN III of Pallava
dynasty has been credited with spending huge money on structures and maintainence.
- It was in this period -
9th to 13th centuries - the temple saw its ups and downs.
- Sundara Pandian (1350
AD) created many endowments and undertook large- scale renovation.
- The influence of the
PALLAVAS and CHOLAS is found unmistakably stamped on the earlier architectural styles of
the Prakarams (corridors) and Gopurams (towers).
- The VIJAYANAGAR Kings
also had on their part lent their glorious architectural contribution to the temple
structure and administration of the temple funds and poojas.