Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, Kachipuram

Vaikuntha Perumal Temple in Kanchipuram (State: Tamil Nadu) is one of the oldest and largest sandstone temple. It was built sometime in the 6th century by Nandivarman, the ruler of Pallava Dynasty.

This temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. The temple is built in Dravidian style of architecture. The outermost walls of the temple are carved with lions standing on the hind legs at regular intervals.

Similarly the main temple is surrounded by a colonnade, with rear wall is carved with sculptures all around the temple. These columns in front of these walls are also have lions sitting on the legs.

The carvings on the walls are done beautifully and passing time has resulted in some wear and tear. Still the carvings in these all around the temple are still in a presentable state and impressive.

52 comments:

जाट देवता (संदीप पवाँर) said...

काफ़ी पुराना मन्दिर है। पत्थरों पर की गयी मेहनत दिखाई दे रही है।

Rizalenio said...

The second photo is very interesting. I love the carvings on the walls too. I hope it will be preserved so that the beauty will remain if not forever...for the next near generations. Awesome!

lily said...

Sawasdee,ka.
I come to visit you blog naka. ^-^

Jama said...

Gorgeous architecture! I love going to old temple/ church/ mosque ...just to soak the vibrant atmosphere of the history of the buildings.

Harsha said...

Wonderful architecture! Nice capture.

DeeBee L. said...

This temple is superb but I am under the charm of St Aloysius chapel in Mangalore. Despite being built in the late 19th century it looks so much Italian or French Renaissance. Stunning! Greetings, DeeBee

Jeevan said...

Remarkable works on walls! Very nice capture Rajesh .

nishaslifestyle.blogspot.com said...

wonderful sculptures and the informations given adds it beauty...

nishaslifestyle.blogspot.com said...

amazing sculptures and thx for those informations...

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous captures as always, Rajesh! Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!


Sylvia

Steffi said...

Thank you for your interesting post about India every week!Have a nice weekend!

Carver said...

Very interesting post and beautiful temple.

Liz said...

Beautiful shots!

Happy sky watching.

Liz @ A Simple Life

Modern Mom said...

Wonderful shots!

Joyful said...

Wow! The carvings really are impressive considering how old they are.

Kim, USA said...

Wow the colonade and the wall is very unique and great work. Are these made of cement? Thanks for sharing Rajesh!

SWF

Photo Cache said...

Lovely post.

Karen said...

I find it amazing that something that old is still standing and still beautiful.

eden said...

Impressive! Great shots.

Sailor said...

Me and my bro went for a drive to Kanchipuram and visited all the Temples. Gld to find some history factors from your blog!
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forgetmenot said...

Again, beautiful buildings--so intricate and detailed in their design. Your header has such wonderful pictures of sights in India--it is so interesting to see the beauty of your country. Have a wonderful weekend. Mickie :)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful and magnificent.

magiceye said...

so beautiful!

kavita said...

Impressive carvings .I loved the lions .

Arija said...

Another of your wonderful temples. Love the two columns.

Riet said...

Your countru must be beautiful. Good pictures

Kirigalpoththa said...

I like those Lion Pillars!

ladyfi said...

What splendid lion pillars!

eileeninmd said...

So many beautiful temples. The details on the carving is amazing. Thanks for sharing. Happy skywatching!

Life Ramblings said...

that's a lovely temple. wonderful sculptures and carvings.

Gary said...

I never tire of the carvings!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon Canada.

thomas said...

Lovely temple shots as usual.

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Pietro said...

Magnificent temple, very nice the carvings and the columns with the lions.

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful temple and impressive details.
Hope you have a great weekend!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The temple lions look fierce, and one would probably want to avoid them at all costs!


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Cassie said...

Wonderful ShadowShots! I just watched a wedding from India on tv last night and it was so colorful and beautiful. The groom road in on an elephant!! Amazing to see. Happy SSS to you.

frayedattheedge said...

Excellent shadow shots!

Dianne said...

the carvings are wonderful

Jeanette said...

Looks like an interesting and beautiful place. Thanks for sharing!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very good post.

Joan said...

Interesting again. :) Great photos.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the craftsmanship of this temple.

Maria @ LSS said...

The wall carvings are amazing. Happy RT!

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Cafe au lait said...

Wonderful shots!

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

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Arti said...

The carvings are very impressive..

Life Unordinary said...

magical, mystical!

kranthi said...

nice post. temples are always a peaceful place to visit

bemoneyaware said...

Good ones..you have captured the carvings well.

Jaggy said...

Guess you ve missed a lot more intresting temples at Kanchi

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Chitra said...

Lovely photos.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the craftsmanship.