Chandikeshvara is one of the sixty-four Shaivite saints revered in Southern India and the principal guardian of Shiva. During the Chola period, all Shiva temples had a separate subsidiary shrine dedicated to Chandikeshvara as supervisor, usually on the northern side near the sanctum. Compare with another 10th century example from the Thanjavur district, cf. R. Nagaswamy, Masterpieces of Early South Indian Bronzes, 1983, cat. no. 39.