Monday, January 17, 2011

ASI Museum, Shimoga

In Shimoga (State: Karnataka) in the fort area is the 16th century Shivappa Nayak Palace of Keladi Dynasty. Today, this palace also serves as a museum for Archeological Survey of India (ASI).

Like any other museum on display are here various sculptures belonging to various periods. Apart from the sculptures there are also manuscripts on display. The sculptures are not only inside the palace, but also out in the garden. Here we will see some of the sculptures that are inside the palace.


Above is the idol of Jain Thirtankara Adinath belonging to the 12th century A.D. Every detail is carved beautifully.

Above is the idol of Gajalaksmi belonging to 11th century A.D. Here Goddess Lakshmi can be seen flanked by elephants on either side.

Above is the idol of Mahisusaramardini belonging to 12th century A.D. Every detail is carved beautifully.

62 comments:

RNSANE said...

Incredibly beautiful. I just can't believe the intricacy of the carvings. It must have taken an eternity to do them.

V Rakesh said...

Quite a marvel in itself!

Sridharan said...

beautiful carvings..

Team G Square said...

should visit this place , though last time we missed it .

YOSEE said...

The Museum looks neat and orderly. Hope they have some interesting activities too, based on the exhibits, to promote interest in museums among school children.

George said...

It's wonderful that there is such a spacious facility where these treasures can be preserved. The carvings are absolutely exquisite.

ladyfi said...

Wow - some lovely sculptures. And some are really old too, but in good condition.

Babooshka said...

As always so far removed from my world which makes it so wonderful to read and see.

Carver said...

The carvings in the sculpture are phenomenal. Looks like a great museum to visit.

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely museum, Rajesh! I do love to visit them -- even through photos! And your photos are always wonderful! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Karen said...

Beautifully detailed carvings.

Gary said...

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Indrani said...

Looks good the way they are maintained. Great pictures.

Laura said...

love the carvings !
~laura

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

The sculptures all intricately sculpted. I just cannot imagine the work involved.

SandyCarlson said...

Those sculptures are gorgeous. Thank for show us this great place.

Kay L. Davies said...

I love Lakshmi and her elephants, Rajesh, especially the elephants!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
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magiceye said...

very interesting..
have passed through shimoga a couple of times but was not aware of these treasures.. must visit next time..
thank you

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Thirtankara Adinath statue is so stunningly beautiful...

alicesg said...

The exhibits displayed at the musuem have very rich history. Served as good educational tools. Thanks for sharing.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

sHIMOGA and Sagar are on my list, hope to visit shortly.

BraCom (Bram) said...

beautiful photos and statues, wonderful musueum, very good posting

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shooting star said...

such wonderful works of art!!

Jeevan said...

These are wonderful structures and great in details! Good to know this ASI museum.

Zuzana said...

This must be a beautiful place. I love museums as I love the idea of being surrounded by centuries - at time milenias -of history.;)
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lotusleaf said...

The place looks interesting. The last image is very beautiful.

Ebie said...

I love the openness of the museum. The statutes are delicate and fine.

Mar said...

Love the intricate carvings, fascinating!!
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Nanka said...

Great work done here by the archeological survey of India!!

richies said...

Looks like a great museum. The artwork is amazing.

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Life with Kaishon said...

What a beautiful place to visit. I just love it. The sculptures are so detailed. Wow.

Reader Wil said...

It's unbelievable that people can create such wonderful works of art.

Roger Owen Green said...

definite ARCHEOLOGICAL find!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Starnitesky said...

Beautiful carvings, what an interesting place to visit.

photowannabe said...

Beautiful work. I especially like the outdoor pavillion displaying the treasures.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Meravigliose, come sempre Raj.
Mi รจ piacita soprattutto l'ultima foto.
Buona serata.
Myriam :))

JM said...

Would love to visit this museum. Gorgeous carvings!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Stunning pictures and wonderful monuments!

Rizalenio said...

Indeed, details are very intricate and carved beautifully.

Wow! Lots of centuries old sculptures in that museum - thats a dream place.

Louis la Vache said...

Those carvings are amazingly intricate.
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Eden said...

Beautiful palace and the carvings are magnificent. Great shots.

Jacob said...

I'm also very impressed with the delicate intricacy of these sculptures! Even more impressive is that they were done before modern tools were available!

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Joy said...

Beautiful sculptures. It looks like a museum you could spend a pleasurable amount of time.

Lulu Post said...

beautiful sculptures!

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Anya said...

I love the second shot very much
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Anna said...

Amazing carvings.
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Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating the sculptures in this museum.

Luna Miranda said...

beautiful! the details are stunning.

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Vrinda said...

Such a wonderful sculptures. Thanks for sharing.

Vrinda

Liz said...

Fantastic work of art.

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casseydab said...

you really have passion in photo graphy...i love it really

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kat said...

wow! so beautiful carvings. fantastic. Happy MYM.

Kim, USA said...

These is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing Rajesh!
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inday_adin said...

This place is beautiful and interesting! Thanks for sharing it to us.

Adin B

Dinah said...

love the details on those carvings! magnificent.

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Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating this beautiful sculptures.

Geeta Singh said...

master piece!! well done:)

Nethra said...

Karnataka is artistically a very rich place and your blog taught me that. :)

Arti said...

Fascinating place, the last idol was particularly eye catching for me!

deepazartz said...

Magnificient intricately carved sculptures...Incredible!