Thursday, August 19, 2010

Adinath Temple, Khajuraho

The Adinath Temple built in 950 - 1150 A.D belongs to the Eastern Group of Khajuraho Temples (State: Madhya Pradesh). This is one of the three Jain temples built by rulers of Chandel Dynasty inside the compound wall. 

As the name suggests, it is dedicated to to the Jain Tirthankara Adinath. The temple is constructed in the form of 'sapta-ratha' with a single towered 'shikhara'.

The exterior walls of the temple is decorated with the lavishly carved figures of court musicians, gods and goddess.

63 comments:

George said...

This is another beautiful temple. The carvings are exquisite.

sharmila said...

Magnificent ... those carving are so intricate - so exquisite ... it's a must visit place. Thanks for sharing !!

Greener Bangalore said...

Another great post as usual Rajesh!

Joy Palakkal said...

Visions of incredible India!!!
Really Great!!
With all best Wishes!!!

Tammie Lee said...

oh gosh, look at all those amazing details.

betchai said...

wow, I've never seen such tall structure with walls intricately decorated with lavishly carved figures, amazing.

Sylvia K said...

Your photos of the magnificent temples in your country never fail to take my breath away! And such blue skies! Have a great weekend, Rajesh!

Sylvia

EG Wow said...

The details are always so beautiful in India's old architecture!

Eaglesbrother said...

The carvings on the Temples are so detailed...Master Stone carvers that carved them.

clairz said...

Lovely post and photos, as always, Rajesh. I've been meaning to tell you that your profile photo is very sweet! Happy Skywatching.

Titania said...

Such treasures, still standing and pleasing the eye, marveling at the workmanship and dedication of the people to build for generations to come.

Lorac said...

So much work went into the stone work at the temple. Truly great!

webruci said...

it's an absolutely amazing monument

Kitty said...

That's an incredible sight! It's marvellous that it's still standing, despite its age.

ewok1993 said...

so elaborate and ornate.

i like the shape of this one a lot.

Dharma Shots said...

Wow, awesome...that's a spectacular view of the building.

Dani said...

Great post. Thank you, my friend.

Carver said...

The details in the carved figures is very expressive.

Paula said...

Impressive temple, hope to visit India one day.

Carolyn Ford said...

I still can't believe that such intricate work was done so long ago...mankind (sometimes) amazes me!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful angle looking up at the temple and sky! Just beautiful!

Japa said...

Such an amazing temple. Much effort spent for the ornate "carvings" and images. So majestic.

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Shey said...

Love the detailed "oblong dome". These structures are really unique.

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful temple. I hope to visit it some time.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

amazing as usual rajesh
~laura

LV said...

What an interesting building. I enjoy so much seeing the different structures in other parts of the world. Just the right amount of sky as a background.

Marites said...

really beautiful! Your country must have a lot of talented artisans. have a good weekend!

Hildred and Charles said...

Amazing architecture and carvings, - love the contrast of the temple against the blue of the sky.

V Rakesh said...

Absolutely marvelous!

Babli said...

I have been to Khajuraho and its amazing to see such a wonderful temple. The sculpture looks magnificent and its marvellous to see the minute design. Excellent shot.

magiceye said...

exquisite

Jenny the Pirate said...

Gorgeous images! Happy Friday!

J Bar said...

Wonderful shot.
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Eds said...

Wow! what a beautiful building!!! I really want to see that in person! :)

jabblog said...

I think you could spend hours just looking at all the marvellous carvings. Such incredible work!

Pearl Maple said...

Magical photos of the skyline and level of detail in construction, happy Sky Watching. Always an interesting spot in our week.

Gwendolyn L said...

Incredible! Wonderful photos and I enjoyed your history lesson. Thanks for sharing.

Jeevan said...

Amazing to think such a marvel structure being built at that time, with no technology and in just intelligent and skill.

Ann said...

These layers look delicate like layers of waffle biscuits.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Khajuraho is a must-visit!

eden said...

Great shots of the beautiful temple.

Have a great weekend.

JM said...

The carvings are amazing as usual!

YOSEE said...

Amazing intricacy in carvings !

Alexander said...

Magnificent structure. Very detailed and beautiful facade. Amazing crafting here. :)

Have a wonderful weekend.

Alexander
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Linda said...

Amazing carvings all the way round. Would love to see this close up.

indicaspecies said...

I have seen and admired this marvellous temple while I was in Khajuraho. Good shot Rajesh, well done.

Sashindoubutsu said...

That's a beautiful, amazing architecture! :-)

Lakshmi said...

wow..this is the third post Im reading abt Khajuraho

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a incredible tower. You are a great ambassador for your country's cultural heritage.

Ralph said...

The ancient past is on view here - the architecture is different, the deities and people depicted is stunning. The days of yore are depicted with style and substance...

Tom Hilton said...

Beautiful...such amazing detail!

Kaori said...

It must take a really long time to finish all the carvings! But I'm sure it makes it all the more special :D

wanderlust said...

Amazing carvings, so beautiful. Fantastic!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Equisite! Beautiful work -- I am just amazed at the fine art and craftsmanship every time you post one of these beautiful cathedrals.

(I have a post about the 1500s, ancient history for this country. Don't laugh!

anka said...

Lovely shots. I love the delicate details.
Have a great Sunday!

Sue McGettigan said...

That is just fantastic, thanks for sharing another gem!

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating wonderful architecture of this temple.

Kcalpesh said...

Lovely art & architecture...

BLOGitse said...

Beautiful as always...

Thanks for your comment on my blog even if I was traveling!
Greetings from Bilbao, Spain!

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for lovely comments.

Arpana said...

intricate and magnificent!

Pratibha The Talent said...

photographed every detail of architecture ...awesome.

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for the appreciation.