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...ations, from setting up grand temples within the complex to healing members of royal families. Donations were not confined to money or gold, but also services and other supplies, such as rice. The Cola Empire maintained a strong influence of the Citamparam temple complex, making it the cultural hub of the Empire, placing the capital within the temple, and also undertaking vast construction efforts. After the reign of the Cola Empire, the last big political interactions with the temple were the Pallava and Pantya initiatives, which helped to revitalize the relevance of Citamparam. There was a strong decline of political involvement after the initiatives, and then priests began to develop a level of wariness. Throughout its long existence, the Citamparam temple complex has melded church and state, often becoming heavily entwined with politics and military of the time.
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