Sunday, May 1, 2011

Poetry in Stone - 2

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 little known temple is in Padavali (State: Madhya Pradesh). This temple located inside a small fort is a architectural gem.
This externally simple looking temple is a treasure trove from inside. The carvings are examples of master craftsmanship.




These numerous tiny carvings are in the ceiling or on the walls close to the ceiling. These carvings depict stories of Lord Vishnu.



There is another temple close by at Mitavali (State: Madhya Pradesh) with totally different style of architecture from the above. This circular temple is a Lord Shiva temple and very unique in shape.



Here the carved circular double pillars are noteworthy.
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58 comments:

Sridharan said...

Wonderful craftsmanship.. thanks for sharing!

Rizalenio said...

Wow!!!

The craftmanship executed in these walls/ceilings are really excellent.

Happy weekend.

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

beautiful and informative! can;t wait to see India! :)

Kalyan said...

Well captured shots...Indian sculpture work at its best!

shooting star said...

yes, India has a very rich tradition in temple architecture and construction!!...
madhya pradesh is a treasure trove of these and has many temples wonderfully preserved, though not many people know about it....

Sailor said...

Beautiful pictures. I have never been to this place either. But I had a week long wonderful time in Ellora. (Did I spell that right?)

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

All of this is pretty amazing and one has to applaud the skills of those who were able create such beautiful and intricate carvings!

V Rakesh said...

Absolutely marvelous! Truly, poetry in stone!

Tammie Lee said...

wow, the amazing details.

Bhupesh said...

MP: the heart of India

Have never been to MP but always wanted to!!

Nice one

Bhupesh

xinex said...

Amazing architecture. I would love to visit India someday, would love to especially see the ancient buildings....Christine

Zuzana said...

Always love to see those intricate carvings.;)
I am back from my break, hope all is well with you.;))
xoxo

YOSEE said...

Looks so beautiful. Exquisite stone carvings.

Team G Square said...

Lovely pics . Thanks for Sharing

Sylvia K said...

Another gorgeous place, Rajesh! Superb captures as always! Love the detail in the first two! Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

Rcel said...

Those are magnificent captures! I love poetry and it would be delightful to see them written in stone! :)


I have Finally Spring in my World entry at my blog. Hope you can visit me as well! :)

Gary said...

A great tour Rajesh!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Al said...

Incredible. The craftsmanship reaching out to us across the ages speaks to me.

ewok1993 said...

another gem worth preserving.

Pat said...

Beautiful carvings and architecture.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those carvings in the ceiling are so delicate -- amazing.

Life Ramblings said...

wow, the carvings are truly exquisite.

Tes said...

Interesting place to visit, Rajesh! Wish I can see India someday! Good capture -I see the details!

ladyfi said...

Wow - absolutely stunning!

snowwhite said...

Temples in India are very unique and different from Japanese ones which have mural paintings on the ceilings or walls. These stone carvings are exquisite!!
Have a great day!

alicesg said...

I always love looking at all these carvings. They are so well crafted and very beautiful. Wondered how the ancient crafters/builders do it without machines back then. Fantastic.

NatureFootstep said...

you can not do otherwise then admire work like that. :)

Wren said...

I think this is the first time you've shown us a round temple. Very different style! I'm much enjoying seeing all these lovely places through your camera's eye.

Stewart M said...

It would have taken me a very long time to place the circular temple in India. I have only visited India for 3 weeks, but the variety of culture was clear even in that short time.

Cheers Stewart M - Australia

aka Penelope said...

Such intricate carvings would be a marvel to see in person.

Marites said...

Little-known temple it may be but it more than made up with its beautiful architecture and magnificent carvings. have a good week!

Leovi said...

Really beautiful this temple.

Kay L. Davies said...

Your world is full of so many fascinating things, Rajesh, so many stories told in so much detail.
— K

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

sm said...

beautiful pics

Cezar and Léia said...

Imagine all harsh work to create art there!Really impressive!
Thanks for sharing!
Léia

Carver said...

The artistry is very poetic. Great choice for P.

Roger Owen Green said...

Such detail!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Joy said...

Wonderfully intricate carvings. The Lord Shiva temple is so unusual, don't see many things in the round like that, the surrounding seem to accentuate it shape.

Lisa said...

These architectural wonders are amazing, beautiful and Priceless. The people that take the time to Preserve these sites make life richer for everyone.

Genie said...

This is another one of those amazing posts. How the artisans did these carvings I will never know. I am absolutely in awe of works like these. Such a fascinating and gorgeous post. Wonderful.

vernz said...

marvelous work of art Rajesh... as always amazing!

George said...

You're correct -- the craftsmanship is absolutely stunning.

Jeevan said...

wow! its incredible rajesh. amazing architecure and sculptures.

Mona said...

wonderful creation ..

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Would love to know how old the round temple is.

Rajesh said...

The circular temple is around 500 years old.

Mitavali Temple

Eden said...

Impressive! Great shots.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this beautiful craftsmanship.

sandeep said...

beautiful pictures and thnx for the info :)

xinex said...

Beautiful architecture! Amazing details, must have taken long to complete...Christine

Pie said...

Amazing architecture.

My Blue Monday.

Kim, USA said...

To have this beautiful architecture and build it with bare hands is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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LV said...

All your post are so educational. Gives us a history lesson on the cultural of your country.

chitra said...

Rich post..just like the sculptures and carving.

Kishan P said...

Awesome Place

deepazartz said...

Indeed, Poetry in stone...wonderful

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this beautiful craftsmanship.

Meera Ganesh said...

Lovely!!