Thursday, March 10, 2011

Jalakanteswara Temple, Vellore

This large Jalakanteswara Temple in Vellore (State: Tamil Nadu) is located in the Vellore Fort, near the north wall of the fort. This ancient temple was built around 1566 in the Vijayanagar style. Jalakanteswara means “Lord Shiva residing in the water”.

The temple has a Nataraja Shiva deity on the northern altar, and on the western altar is a Shiva-linga. The temple has 2 court yard, one is inner prakara and the other is outer prakara. The outer prakara has huge Gopuram on the southern side which is 30m (100ft) high, seven-storey made of blue granite. Temple has some beautiful sculptures on the ceiling and some richly, carved pillars and monoliths.

The temple has beautiful Kalayana Mandapam. The carvings in this pillared hall are some of the most impressive in India. The outer pillars have sculptures of rearing horses and dragons. The inner pillars have sculptures of yalis, which are lion-like creatures.

51 comments:

Jarlin Paul said...

Good one, Rajesh

Sridharan said...

Superb.. I could never get to visit this place though I stay at 4 hrs from Vellore.Will visit it soon

Rizalenio said...

Wow! Carvings on pillared hall - that's amazing. Even halls are decorated with beautiful carvings - beautiful.

V Rakesh said...

Mighty impressive!

SandyCarlson said...

My goodness, how very beautiful. Humbling.

George said...

This is a beautiful temple. I really like the columns of the hall.

Zuzana said...

I am always fascinated by the intricate details in the facade of these stunning structures.
Beautiful.
xoxo

joo said...

It's beautiful!

Jeevan said...

I had an outer sight of this temple and tower, where parents went inside to worship. Nice details about this temple and wonderful capture which I had also done one tower shot.

Mama Zen said...

What amazing detail!

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

The sculptures of the pillars are just awesome!!!
When I was a Baby at Kanchi!!!

Team G Square said...

one of best from Vijayanagar kings .

ladyfi said...

That temple is just magnificent!

LauraX said...

Amazing architecture Rajesh...wow!

Sumedh Prasad said...

Our ancestors were way better in architecture than we are today I think!

Pearl Maple said...

Thank you for sharing Kalayana Mandapam with us the detail in the carvings is simmply amazing

Sylvia K said...

Such beautiful, vivid blue skies and the perfect backdrop for the wonderful temple! You always share such beauty with us, Rajesh! Thank you! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Steffi said...

Great architecture and very interesting post!Thank you for sharing!Have a nice weekend!

Carver said...

You always show such interesting and beautiful places.

Kay L. Davies said...

Amazing, Rajesh, absolutely amazing.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

ewok1993 said...

incredible details.

Irene said...

Amazing building ... great shots!

chubskulit said...

Beautiful shot!

My sky watch post, have a nice weekend.

Al said...

The people in that first shot really give a sense of scale. It's impressive!

Liz said...

Amazing architecture!

Liz @ A Simple Life

magiceye said...

very beautiful!

clairz said...

Your buildings are amazing. I can never get over how ancient everything seems to be. Happy SWF!

Babli said...

Wonderful picture. I have been to this temple as well as Golden temple at Vellore a year before.

Indrani said...

Great captures Rajesh.

Life Ramblings said...

Amazing architecture.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful temple, Rajesh! I lvoe the carvings on the pillars. Happy Skywatching!

Míriam Luiza said...

Você sempre tem fotos importantes em seu blog! Parabéns!

joshi daniel said...

nice one!

thomas said...

Beautifully carved pillars,temples here in Malaysia are also build by craftsman from India.

Gary said...

The effort that went into this temple is just amazing. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Stranger said...

Impressive ... as always

Karine said...

What impressive architecture, I love the angle of the shot of the temple!

Pietro said...

Wonderful temple, really a fantastic architecture.

Lianne said...

wow that temple is amazing! the details are so intricate.

eden said...

Wow.. amazing building. Great shots.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Amazing temple! That's huge & cool...

Greetings from Stockholm, Sweden.
/chie

Joan said...

Yes, amazing and beautiful.

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating this ancient temple.

Mona said...

Nice place, happy mym!

Cafe au lait said...

Fabulous shots!

I am a flower

Vernz said...

HI Rajesh,, your shots never cease to amaze me, another interesting spot in India.

Kim, USA said...

Very amazing temple. Very well shot!
MYM

Anne said...

Very nice and amazing picture

RNSANE said...

Another incredible treasure Rajesh.

My MYM is at:

http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2011/03/mellow-yellow-monday-113-napa-valley.html#links

deepazartz said...

Majestic!!!!!!!

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating this ancient temple.