Monday, October 24, 2011

Olakneswara Temple, Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is famous for finely carved rock cut shrines. Adjacent to the hill on which there is a lighthouse, there is a superb rock-cut shrine of Mahishasuramardini Mandapa.

On top of the diorite hillock where the cave is present is an another ancient shrine, Olakneswara Temple.

It was closed when we were there. On the exterior walls it had beautiful carvings.

51 comments:

Kokz @ Love poems said...

Sorry to hear that it was closed when you reached the temple. This looks a very beautiful place, the pics are wonderful, the first one is just awesome .. Good work, Mate .. Keep sharing your wonderful talent :-)

kavita said...

Nice carvings.Thanks for sharing.

Team G Square said...

Lovely temple .

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Brilliant!

Luna Miranda said...

the details are fabulous! thanks for sharing.

lina@happy family said...

An amazing place...

Cafe au lait said...

Wonderful shots.

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deepazartz said...

Beautiful! Vyalimugham as we say in malayalam...it's often featured in Kerala Mural paintings as well.

Cloudia said...

yes, beautiful


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Jeevan said...

This old lighthouse is a wonderful place to check about and u get a gentle views of sea and other places from here. Good shots Rajesh!

Wish you and your family a Very Happy Diwali. Have fun and enjoy :)

Anya said...

Never seen a temple on a top from a big stone :P
hahaha.... beautiful :-)

eden said...

Beautiful work of art. Great shots.

joshi daniel said...

that's cool!

Carver said...

Even closed there is so much to look out on the outside of the temple.

Sridharan said...

Reminds me of my visit to this place that I enjoyed a lot.. I liked this too!

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Magia da Inês said...

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Passei para uma visitinha.
Belo click!...
O que me deixa mais encantada são esses templos e outras edificações esculpidas nas montanhas.
Ricamente decorados e esculpidos... são testemunhos que devemos cuidar e respeitar mais a natureza...
Boa semana!
Beijos.
Brasil°º♫
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Zuzana said...

That is a huge rock, looks almost like a small hill.;)
xoxo

Gary said...

Another tour of masterful carving!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

J Bar said...

Beautiful.
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Barb said...

Hi Rajesh, I'm always amazed at India's intricately carved structures. Those people on top of the rock better watch their step!

Reader Wil said...

Your photos show us again how clever the people of India are to build such wonderful buildings. Thank you!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely Temple, Rajesh! Is this your family posing, they are beautiul. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Al said...

Amazing carvings. Do they let you up near the scaffolding, or is it off limits?

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful, Rajesh. I'm glad to see the fence protecting the carvings.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
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Sylvia K said...

Such a lovely place! I do love the carvings and your captures are fantastic as always, Rajesh! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

magiceye said...

marvelous indeed!

alicesg said...

Very beautiful carvings on the walls.

Indrani said...

Great captures of the place.

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots of happy people and ancient temples.

Leovi said...

Wonderful, I love those precious photos, fine carvings.

sappy said...

Very nice.Also worth trying to find out who olakneswara is.

Nanka said...

I agree with Reader Wil here!! Amazing brains behind all the carvings and structures!!

Ms. Burrito said...

Oh so beautiful!

Please come and take a look at my O entry, have a good day!

anthonynorth said...

Building as art. beautiful.

mrsnesbitt said...

Beautiful post for ABC Wednesday - so tranquil and sacred.
Denise ABC Team

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful carving! (It sort of makes me know that you are human like all the rest of us when you say you missed this place because it was closed ;>). I hope it is open the next time you go.

George said...

The temple atop that rock is amazing. The carvings are beautiful.

Mar said...

Ooooooh, so beautiful!! Impressive carvings too.

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Roger Owen Green said...

great detail, as always!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Lowell said...

Again, I'm so impressed by the work of artisans who can carve such beauty out of a chunk of rock!

Babli said...

Very beautiful temple.
Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Diwali.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Ancient civilization; a plethora of ancient shrines and temples. Extraordinary.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the craftsmanship.

Those railings are for protecting the people from falling off when going around the temple.

SandyCarlson said...

These incredible images are very impressive. You again turn my sense of time on its head.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Beautiful. I have extensively photographed at that site but I too missed it. Wishing you a very happy New Year.

Hariharan Valady said...

Beautiful pictures. I remember going there last year.

shooting star said...

I have been here..its is lovely!!

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Kajal said...

Beautiful pics... we have such a lot of culture in India...it forever continues to amaze me.

Arti said...

Intricate detailing and exquisite carvings. Beautiful and ancient temple.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the craftsmanship.