Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Monastery No. 4, Lalitgiri

Lalitgiri Buddhist complex has various structures of religious and architectural importance that have been excavated by the A.S.I.  There are various monasteries here and Monastery No. 4. measures 30 sq.m. and is facing toward west and oriented north-south.

On the basis of architectural ground and excavated material this monastery came into existence between 8th and 12th century A.D during the period of Bhaumakara and Somavamsi dynasties. It is a large monastic complex square in plan with ten cells, of which five are on each wing and a central courtyard a shrine chamber at the rear wall. 

The monastery has an open courtyard with chambers in all side fronted by a veranda and a sanctum in the rear wall. It is plain, except the pedestal of Buddha, which is represented with triratha symbol, lotus medallion, lion and scroll work. 

For courtyard and doorjambs the material used is Khandolite stone where as bricks are used for other structures. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thousand Pillar Basadi, Moodbidri

Thousand Pillar Basadi in Moodbidri is one of the most important Jain Temple in the area. The local Chieftain Devaraya Wodeyar initiated the construction of the this beautiful temple in 1430. 

The construction of the temple completed in 31 years and it was built in phases. In the first phase sanctum was built with eight foot idol of Chandranath. As a result this temple is also known as the Chandranath Basadi. In the second phase magnificent prayer hall was built with its innumerable pillars.

Every pillar in this basadi is very unique and showcases the architectural excellence and grandeur. 

The big and small pillars all together they are thousand and hence the name. Every pillar has unique figures carved on them. 

In the last phase of construction was the erection of 60 foot monolith pillar, commissioned by Queen Nagala Devi.