Chola Sketches


We start with one of the most popular and thus arguably one of the most important art forms, painting. Painting has been a compelling force throughout history in the arts.

What is special about the Chola painting?

They depict Chola period socio-religious ideas. The Nataraja sculpture is famous not only for its beauty, but also for its spiritual significance. In Vaishnava temples, there is a Vishnu idol. In sculptural representations of Alwars, a spiritual calmness is depicted.

What is Chola style of architecture?

Chola temples tended to follow similar principles of construction and had special features. Sanctums of the Chola temples were either circular or square and special Vimanas were built above the Sanctum. Chola temples were known for their beautiful sculptures and ornamental works.

What type of Chola art is world famous?

Question: What type of Chola art is world famous? New Kings and Kingdoms Answer: Chola bronze images are considered amongst the finest in the world.

What are some of the famous example of art from the Chola empire?

The Chola Dynasty has some of the best specimens in bronze and other sculptures i.e. Dancing Nataraj statue Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjaur (Tamil Nadu) are good example of the same. The capital of the Cholas was Tanjore (Thanjavur.).

What is the symbol for Chola?

Chola rulers used the symbol of a tiger as their royal emblem. While they existed in conflict with other neighboring tribes like the Pandyas and the Pallavas, eventually, King Rajaraja (reigned 9851014 C.E.) took the empire to its height.

Which temple is the best example of Chola art?

Criterion (iv): The Great Chola temples at Thanjavur, at Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram are outstanding examples of the architecture and the representation of the Chola ideology.

How do Cholas wear their hair?

Chola Hair

Hair swept back off the face and another strong element of the look is the application of dark lipliner. Long locks swept back or teased to sit off the face. Often pinned into a large and high quiff. Sometimes secured with a bandana.

Can I dress Chola?

Yes of course! All of our clothes have fun, unique Chicano created designs and can be worn by anyone, We ask that when purchasing our products you understand that All Chola is not a joke, or a costume. You don’t have to be Latino to wear our clothes, but it does help if you are down to learn and respect Chola history.

What are the main features of Chola architecture?

Chola temples are characteristized by:
Circular and Square Sanctums.
Beautified inner side of the external walls.
Special vimanas on the upper side of the sanctum.
Dome shaped sikhara and kalasa on the top of Gopurams.
Intricate sculptures and inscriptions on the walls of these temples.


Rajaraja I
Vijayalaya’s successors built the Chola empire. Rajaraja I was considered the most powerful Chola ruler. He became the king in 985 CE.


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