Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple
Vizhinjam, located in Thiruvananthapuram district (formerly known as Trivandrum), was the former capital of the Ay rulers who dominated South Travancore in the 8th century.
It is one of the oldest rock-cut temples in Kerala, believed to have been constructed by the Ay dynasty rulers in the 8th century.
This granite temple is a small shrine, featuring a central cell with a sculpture of the seated Dakshinamurthi.
On either side of the cell, unfinished sculptures of Lord Siva stand in majestic poses: Tripurantaka on the left brandishing a bow and arrow in two of his four hands, and Nataraja with his wife Parvati on the right.
Tripurantaka's left foot rests on Apasmara, the crown of hair elegantly carved as a high headdress and adorned with intricate details.