Monday, July 26, 2010

Murals of Laxminarayan Temple, Orchha

In Orchha (State: Madhya Pradesh) the Laxminarayan Temple of 1622 is one of the most important tourist attraction of the place.

The inner portion of the temple in the ceilings are adorned with murals, where the themes are based on Sage Valmiki’s Ramayana, and the poet, Tulsidas’, Ram Charitra Manas. In the painting above among other things one can see Lord Krishna with Radha.

The vivacious colors of the frescoes are still retained. In the painting above there are various animals like men on elephants and horses. There are also peacocks at the corners.

55 comments:

Nalini Hebbar said...

So intricate...it is so tough to paint on ceilings!

Appu said...

must be thousand years old - correct?
And visibility is clear.
Old is Gold.

Tammie Lee said...

incredibly intricate and old too. how wonderful.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Very interesting temple.

She Writes said...

love the peacocks!

Zuzana said...

I love to paint and I always admire artist that could paint so vividly and with such a detail and imagination on murals.;)) These images always tell a story and it is wonderful to read it in pictures.
Lovely!
xoxo

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Meravigliose foto !
Buona giornata :-))

V Rakesh said...

Absolutely marvelous! I don't have words to describe what I feel when I look at these wonders!

Thanks so much for sharing!

joshi daniel said...

wow! pretty cool! so classic!

radha said...

Amazing! 1622 - and still being appreciated!

joo said...

Thinking of murals I usual imagine something ugly - here they are masterpiece! Sheer beauty!

Random Treasures said...

Great paintings. Isn't it surprising how long these paintings can last. Almost 400+ years in this case. Thanks for sharing.

Unni

Carol said...

Beautiful artwork on the ceiling. So much detail when enlarged.

Carver said...

The murals are very beautiful and interesting.

LV said...

I do enjoy visiting your blog. You make me feel as though I have been there seeing all these great places. Thanks also for taking the time drop by my place.

Julie said...

They are just so beautiful and complex. It would take me a long time to decode each of the image in these murals. I hope they have soft covering on the floor so that I can lie down as I try to understand and appreciate these gorgeous murals.

Indrani said...

Quite well preserved. Radha-Krishna has always been artists fav. subject.

Sylvia K said...

Awesome murals and superb captures as always Rajesh! Good to see you, you're not usually this late posting! Hope you're enjoying a lovely evening!

Sylvia

gee said...

very nice ,so enticing and adorable

alicesg said...

Very interesting about the paintings. These paintings do really tell us the story and history of the building and cultures. Thanks for sharing. Very beautiful.

magiceye said...

exquisite

LadyFi said...

Such wonderful frescoes, and well preserved for being over 400 years old...

BraCom (Bram) said...

interesting details, nice photos

Enjoy your week,

Bram

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Bonnie Bonsai said...

So rich in culture: colourful and interesting.

Thanks for the visit.

SandyCarlson said...

These are gorgeous.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

In Madhya Pradesh we can truly see the dil of India.

Arasu said...

Wonderful art work! They help us to learn about the past.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Amazing that the color is still there! Beautiful.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Magnificent!

YOSEE said...

They look beautiful. Hope they continue to be preserved well .

Jenn said...

Beautiful interior and that ceiling is so full of details. Incredible artistry.

Barb said...

Hi Rajesh, Such an intricate ancient mural. I studied your enlarged photos (which might be easier than looking at the ceiling!). I really liked the caravan of animals in the second photo and the detailed peacocks.

Mama Zen said...

These are stunning.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: those are certainly unusual decorations in the temple.

Jacob said...

Very beautiful! The paintings remind me somewhat of the ceilings at the Versailles Palace in France.

EG Wow said...

1622? Wow! What a history!

George said...

It's possible to see the beautiful details of the murals when these pictures are enlarged. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Eden said...

Wow, 1622 and still looking good. Very impressive building. Thank you Rajesh for sharing always beautiful buildings in your place.

Ann said...

what materials do they use for the murals? Great art work.

Rajesh said...

Nalini, Lee, Phivos, Amy, Zuzana, Rosadimaggio63, Rakesh, Joshi, Radha, Carol, Carver, LV, Julie, Sylvia, Gee: Thanks for the appreciation.

Appu, Unni, Indrani, LadyFi, Yosee, Eden: Thanks. Yes it is more than 400 years old. Still intact.

alicesg, Deepak, BraCom, Bonnie, Sandy, Sallie, Arasu, Kirigalpoththa, Jenn, Barb, Mama, Fishing Guy, Jacob, EG Wow, George: Thanks for the appreciation.

Sarkar: Thanks. Yes, I agree with you.

Ann: Thanks. I am not sure. On those days they used to use Vegetable dye to paint.

Pietro said...

Amazing ceilings, the frescoes are marvellous!

Jeevan said...

The painting still withstand in and is is amazing!

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow how could they paint on the ceiling like that?? Amazing!

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Life Ramblings said...

amazing frescoes. love all the details.

eden said...

Incredible paintings.. Great photos.

reg said...

Like so many here I would just repeat what has been said, and said again, But here I go any way. Stunning, just stunning.

Liza said...

The murals are beautiful.

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Maria @ LSS said...

Amazing, classic and beautiful.

Liz said...

Beautiful.

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Vernz said...

Hi Rajesh this is wonderful ... very beautiful....

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RNSANE said...

An absolute treasure...but, then, India is filled with such treasures.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful artwork and details, it is a wonderful treasure. HAppy MYM!

Siromade said...

That's a very old building but still beautiful and well preserved.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Amazing that the color has lasted so long and so well; such a beautiful inspiring place

Rajesh said...

Pietro, Jeevan, Kim, Ramblings, Eden, reg, Liza, Maria, Liz, Vernz, Rnsane, eileeninmd, Siromade, Sallie: Thanks for all the appreciation.