Monday, March 11, 2013

Airavateswarar Temple, Darasuram

Darasuram is a small village at a distance of 34 kms from Tanjore or 3 kms from Kumbkonam. Airavateswarar Temple at Darasuram is a architectural and sculptural masterpiece. This temple has been declared as World Heritage Monument



As per the legend Airavata, the white elephant of Indra, worshiped Lord Siva in this temple. In the 12th century this temple was built by the King Raja Raja Chola II. During the 14th century the large stone statues surrounding the temple were replaced with brick and mortar statues.



The south side of the front sanctum is in the form of a huge chariot with large stone wheels drawn by horses.



Lion hunting an elephant a beautiful sculpture on the steps - made by stacking granite sculpture to one of the shrines in the complex.



Whatever remains of the sculptural part of the temple is on the external wall of inner courtyard. The sculptural extravaganza is unmatched and can only be enjoyed looking yet it in ones own eyes. 




There is also a small Vinayagar shrine before the inner tower of the temple. 

49 comments:

Diann said...

That looks absolutely amazing! What an interesting place. Visiting from Mosaic Monday.

Lavender Cottage said...

To think how talented the craftsmen were back when these were erected is amazing.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shots of the Temple and Shrine! Thanks for sharing, have a great week!

Vee said...

Very nice historical background. This is an impressive temple.

krishna said...

just incredible!! what a craftsmanship!!!

Lorrie said...

Really wonderful architecture.

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice shots of the architecture.

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Team G Square said...

Lovely images of a lovely temple.

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

lovely pictures, beautiful

Lowell said...

These fantastic temples make my little bandshell (Florida Fotos) look rather puny!

Such intricate and beautiful detail from so long ago.

Ingmarie We said...

Marvelous. So interesting.

Mama Zen said...

What a beautiful place!

Gary said...

Incredible detail!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Every single time I think you couldn't possibly post anything that could surpass the last one in the "awe" factor, you do it again! Just amazing. I can't believe they made that lion/elephant sculpture that way...incredible...and all so beautiful.

Randi said...

Your world is always interesting and beautiful.
I can picture myself lost in the beauty of these sceneries.

Sylvia K said...

Such an incredible temple and such intricate carvings! Superb captures as always, Rajesh! Hope you have a great week!

Kusum Sanu said...

Beautiful temple.

islandwonder said...

Never been there. Very interesting to see.

Jim said...

Amazing monuments.

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the temple.

Genie Robinson said...

This temple is an especially ornate one. All the architecture you share with us is so amazing. Love the elephant sculpture...bet it is a lot bigger up close than it looks here in the picture. So many columns...a memorable structure. genie

Al said...

Another incredible temple, such a history you have there.

Photo Cache said...

It seems like you will not run out of materials for this meme because of the multitude of temples, palaces, fortresses in India.

Aarti said...

Fell in love with the architecture! When i visited here, the rains had ended but there were a zillion tiny tadpoles and frogs all over the floor and it was so tough to walk without stamping one.. The security told me how the place got flooded and lots of idols got damaged. some were in the basement apparently

LifeRamblings said...

an amazing temple adorned with wonderful sculptures.

Leovi said...

Yes, a beautiful place, amazing temple! Nice pictures.

Arija said...

What an immense number of beautiful temples you have in your country.

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

This is an architecturally brilliant temple. Thanks for sharing the wonderful images.

Leslie: said...

Always a pleasure to see your photos of the splendid architecture of India's temples.

Leslie
abcw team

Roger Owen Green said...

another IMPRESSIVE structure
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

ladyfi said...

So much history and beauty!

Reader Wil said...

How clever were these builders in the old days!
Wil, ABCW Team.

photowannabe said...

Fantastic and amazing.

George said...

It's easy to see why this is a World Heritage Monument. The sculptures are magnificent. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Mar said...

Interesting, indeed! Incredible India...

I is for ...

anthonynorth said...

A beautiful temple.

Sridharan said...

Very nice..!

Hazel Ceej said...

The sculpture is amazing.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Those old buildings and sculptures always amaze me, how they were built so long ago, can you imagine the splendor when brand new...wow~

Rajesh said...

Thank you for appreciating the beautifully crafted temple.

Joy said...

I love the concept of a huge chariot, looks as though it could move forward at any moment. Your description of it as an extravaganza is so apt.

Ann said...

amazing amazing amazing,

Rajesh said...

Thank you for appreciating the wonderful craftsmanship of the temple.

Lady In Read said...

thank you for posting about this temple, i will definitely add this to my ever growing list of places to visit during my next trip out home

Chubskulit Rose said...

Beautiful details.


As usual, I am late but I am doing my best to catch up.
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

avirandom said...

Beautiful pictures

avirandom said...

So divine and beautiful post

Bhawya Sankar said...

This temple is located near to my native... Beautiful shots..

AmitAag said...

A nice post and great photos, Rajesh!