Monday, March 28, 2011

Poetry in Stone - 1

Temples all over India represent the rich cultural heritage. The ancient temples are richly carved and they behold ones attention for their craftsmanship.

One such architectural gem is Kailashnath Temple of Kanchipuram (State: Tamil Nadu).
This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is surrounded by 64 small sub-shrines. They adorned with the sculptures of the Lord Shiva in different poses, representing a picture of different aspects of mythology.

The above image is a scene from battle field where Lord Shiva is fighting the evil forces.
The above image depicts the Lord in a dance form. The image above can be seen is the picture below at the top in a smaller form.

At the base of the platform one can see the ancient inscriptions used in those days. On either side of these sub-shrines are lion pillars.

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53 comments:

Debbie Smith said...

Amazing carvings! Beautiful!
Have a fabulous day!
Debbie's Travel

Sylvia K said...

Magnificent looking place! Poetry in stone it is!! Marvelous captures as always, Rajesh! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Titania said...

Your country has a very rich and varied culture.

Gary said...

What incredible fine carving!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

ewok1993 said...

Incredible. So so jealous of you.

Robin said...

The carvings are so wonderful intricate, full of stories.

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eileeninmd said...

Amazing detail in the carvings. Wonderful photos, Rajesh!

Life Ramblings said...

Mythology is always so interesting and mystical. nice captures.

Barb said...

Hi Rajesh, I always enjoy the history and descriptions you supply with your photos. I feel as though I'm there in India as you're describing what I'm seeing.

Mama Zen said...

It's just amazing how intricate they are. Beautiful!

Sridharan said...

Poetry indeed.. I love this temple.

Al said...

That is impressive workmanship - poetry in stone is a good description for it.

V Rakesh said...

Super rich in portraying culture and fine architecture!

Team G Square said...

Lovely pics and wonderful narration .

Indrani said...

These monochrome statues have magic in them. Great shots.

ladyfi said...

What lovely stone poems! So full of history.

magiceye said...

amazing workmanship!

Joyful said...

so many sculptures. I bet there must be a central record of all these historical sites.

Pietro said...

Amazing sculptures, so beautiful and detailed! Really interesting, Rajesh!

Zuzana said...

This is indeed beautiful - stories carved in stone. Love the title of this post - so very fitting these intricately sculptured art.;)
xoxo

joo said...

These carvings are really impressive!

Wind said...

One day I will be there...at least I hope to visit that part of the world!
Thank you!

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Once again, I'm stunned by the excellent carvings done so long ago without benefit of computers, etc.!

Amazing!

Ai KaiRui Liu said...

visiting from My World...
lovely carvings..

mine's here:
http://kc2009.blogspot.com/2011/03/mag-aso-getaway.html

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous post for the K Day and for My World! Such beautiful places and I always enjoy the tours you take us on, Rajesh!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Cezar and Léia said...

You always show amazing places!This temple is outstanding!
Léia

Carver said...

That is poetry in stone. Incredible artistry at this magnificent place.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful temple carvings. I enjoyed looking at all the details.

Indie.Tea said...

The carving almost send chills down my spine, so beautiful and powerful...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely! I have seen pictures and replicas of the second statue of Lord Shiva, but never the others. What a beautiful place.

Francisca said...

These poetic sculptures depicting the mythology of Lord Shiva are wonderful.

Roger Owen Green said...

Tremendous structure as usual.


ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leovi said...

Magnificent monument, a jewel, very nice.

Jingle said...

remarkable carvings..
well done.

SandyCarlson said...

Poetry in stone, to be sure!

Hazel said...

Could hardly pronounce the name of the temple and the place it stands but the nice thing is the pictures speaks a lot.

Ms. Burrito said...

Beautiful K!

Have a little tour of Korea, come by and see.

Stranger said...

A fitting Title... They are so beautiful... Hats off to the creators of this marvelous beauty...

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Amazing sculptures and stunning monuments!

George said...

The carvings are in fact beautiful. The detail is amazing.

chubskulit said...

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Mona said...

good to see all these pretty carvings ..

jabblog said...

The skill in these sculptures is tremendous. Poetic, indeed:-)

YADAV PATHOLOGY LAB said...

Just beautiful !!
These priceless carvings do need genuine maintenance.
Proud to be Indian !!

sharplittlepencil said...

Rajesh, I will forward link to my friend George, who is traveling in India. He has taken lovely pictures and enjoys learning and adapting as the culture offers. Long may these creations stand!

Love and peace, Amy BL
Mine are more for a laugh:
http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/two-k-limericks-abc-weds/

Mark Kreider said...

India endlessly provides beautiful material for your blog!

I'm seeing India from a different angle at the moment as our family's friends the Linds are visiting the friends they've made there over the years.

If you care to: http://anne-india.blogspot.com/

Jeevan said...

Interesting!

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all appreciating this wonderful craftsmanship.

Arti said...

Amazing beauty!

deepazartz said...

It sure is poetry in stone!!!
Amazing work:)

aativas said...

'Poetry in Stone' - very apt title indeed!

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all appreciating this wonderful craftsmanship.

María del Mar Hermoso said...

How different each culture is! It is really really extraordinary to have so many places to go, so much beauty to enjoy, so many ideas with which to enrich our lives.