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Parankundram Cave near Madurai – Classical Nataraja Thandava Form Cut in Relief in a Cave

Parankundram Cave is located about 7 km from Madurai in Tamil Nadu and is a famous cave temple. Classical Nataraja Thandava form cut in relief in a cave makes the Parankundram cave unique.
The Hindu reports 

The classical Nataraja has been sculpted with a circular flaming areole complete with two makara forms at the base, the wavy tresses of the Lord, the Damaru and flame held in his stretched hands, Muyalagan, the dwarf demon underneath, four-headed Brahma on the tabla below and saint Karaikkal Ammaiyar on the side. The Lord’s Consort Sivakami looks on as specified in the canons.
The sculptor’s mastery over the medium is evident in the way he has removed the material to position the left foot almost entirely out of the wall, giving the entire body the classic three bends – the Tribanga. Sadly, both the sculptures have been badly mutilated. It is interesting to note that on both sides of the dancing form are the reliefs of Ganesha, as the five-headed Heramba Ganapathy seated on a lion and Muruga with six heads and 12 hands, seated on the peacock.