Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Amman Shrine, Gangaikondacholapuram

Around the Brihadeeswara Temple of Gangaikondacholapuram there are many shrines which are built around the same time as the main temple  in 1020-1029. One of them is Amman Shrine. 



A closer look at the temple tower showcases exceptional craftsmanship. One can also see the Nandi being carved at each corner of the tower.



The exterior of the temple is beautifully carved with various sculptures of Hindu God and Goddess.


Here Nataraja in the middle and Ganesh have been carved beautifully.

30 comments:

Kavita Saharia said...

Amazing craftsmanship. I notice a colour difference in stone in upper and lower half of the shrine.

George said...

The carvings on this temple are marvelous.

ladyfi said...

More wonderful carvings!

Sridharan said...

Very Nice..!

Kim, USA said...

A very sacred place its beautiful!

Kim,USA

Al said...

Exceptional craftsmanship indeed, incredible!

Aarti said...

What a coincidence.. I have also posted on GKC, except i chose the Nandi :) will do few posts on each of the temples within the campus.. Was so blown away by the place.. :)

Belated New year and Pongal wishes

The Write Girl said...

What an amazing temple of grandeur and size. I'm always amazed at how these buildings last for hundreds of years. Quite remarkable.

Indrani Ghose said...

Great series of captures.

Jidhu Jose said...

nice shots

happy SWF

My Skywatch

AmitAag said...

Beautiful pics!

Leovi said...

Temple Brihadeeswara wonderful, great photos!

HansHB said...

Lovely building, great post for Skywatch!

eileeninmd said...

Rajesh, lovely shots of the temple! Happy Skywatching!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

I visited GKC in December'12. Amazing & awesome architecture & sculpture.One can spend a whole day there and still not see it all.

Carver said...

I love the carvings. They are so intricate.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The lace-like carvings in the trim alone are works of art and then the intricate details in the statues of Ganesh and the other Deities are almost beyond belief. Amazing post.

thomas said...

Wow!That's real crafstman's work,
most of the Hindu temples here in Malaysia are build by craftsman from India.

Stewart M said...

Great detail in these pictures.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne.

PS: sorry for slow reply - I been out of internet range in Tasmania!

Jeevan said...

Lovely captured the shrine... and the sculptures around. I wish to visit this complex sometime.

Magia da Inês said...

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Super imagens. Luminosidade incrível.
BOM FIM DE SEMANA!
Beijinhos do Brasil.!
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Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I always marvel that your photos show so much detail of the fabulous temples and other landmarks of India!

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Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful place, Rajesh, and such awesome carvings! Superb captures as always! Hope your weekend is going well!

Patti said...

How beautiful! Such intricate work on the temple.

I imagine it took years to build.

Chubby Chieque said...

A great shot with an absolute art.

You did it again, R? Job well done.

Happy SSS...
/CC girl

Lighthousegal said...

The details of the Temple is absolutely amazing!

Vane M. said...

Bela escultura para clicar as sombras! Beijos!

Aarti said...

Small doubt- you've mentioned in the 1st line "Brihadeeswara Temple of Gangaikondacholapuram"... arent they 2 different temples? former in Tanjore and latter in kumbakonam right?

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this temple.

Arati: There are two Brihadeeswara Temple in this region. One is in Tanjore and other one in Gangaikondacholapuram

R Niranjan Das said...

Brilliant art work. Nice shots!

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