Uttiramerur is a town south of Kanchipuram, in which are located two early-9th c Pallava temples. These temples are stylistically different from the earlier Pallava temples at Kanchipuram. While the outer walls of the Kanchipuram temples are ornately covered with sculpture, these later Uttiramerur temples have much barer walls, similar to later Chola temples.
The Sundara Varadaraja Perumal temple is dedicated to Vishnu, and like the Vaikuntha Perumal temple in Kanchipuram has three sanctuaries stacked one on top of the other at three different levels. Only the sanctuary structure is from the Pallava era, the surrounding corridors, mandapas, gateways etc are all from later times.
Entrance gopuram and mandapas
Junction between the Pallava sanctuary structure and later mandapa
Later colonnade surrounding the sanctuary
Much of the plaster ornamentation on the sanctuary tower is more recent. The stone sculpture work on the base of the sanctuary is from the Pallava period
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I have been to this temple excellent architecture and it is said Astalakshmi temple of Besant nagar Chennai has been built seeing this .