Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sri Venkatramana Temple, Karkala

This is an ancient temple belonging to Gowda Saraswath Brahmina Samaj in Karkala and it has a history of over 550 years. This temple is popularly known as  ‘Padutirupati’.



The temple is built in a traditional style and in the year 1450 the idol of Lord is installed here. From the records available it is clear that re-installation ceremony was performed in the year 1537 A.D. There are around Sub shrines of other deities around the main sanctum.



The temple looks very simple by its external appearance.  In front of the main sanctum there are four beautiful granite pillars. The each of these four pillars in-turn are made up of many more pillars, so there are in total more than 16 pillars.



The pillars are artistic and intricate carvings by the Late Shri Ranjal Gopal Shenoy, a master sculptor.



43 comments:

Mary Kiss said...

Very colorful and unique temple.

Mary, MI

eileeninmd said...

Pretty pillars and temple and photos! Thanks for sharing, have a happy week

My name is Riet said...

How interesting all your photo's are. Wonderful.

Chris Twyman and Angela said...

beautiful

Sandy Carlson said...

Your posts are always fascinating.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Marvelous! Love the colours.

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

beautiful temple and inner

thanks

Annemor said...

As always, great work.
Best whishes.
Mormor

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R Niranjan Das said...

From the exteriors it looks more like a house and less like a temple. Nice temple.

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Ercotravels said...

Indeed, Great post!

Lowell said...

This is most interesting because from the outside it appears rather different from other temples you've shown us. This looks almost like a house in that first picture. Amazingly intricate carvings!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Amazing architecture! I love your purple-rumped bird, too!
Cheers from Cottage Country!

richies said...

I am always amazed by these ancient structures and wonder about the people that first built and used them.
An Arkies Musings

Gary said...

Again beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Fun60 said...

It must have taken great skill to carve the granite in such intricate detail.

Christian Weiß said...

I like the temples in India. They remember me on a very nice journey.

Photo Cache said...

for lack of a better term, the facade isn't what a typical Indian architecture would be. i see it more as an asian structure. i like it a lot.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful temple and great captures as always, Rajesh!! Hope you have a good week! Enjoy!

Kusum Sanu said...

I remember visiting this place very long ago! Nice post.

Meghana Hassan said...

Looks like a beautiful temple with great carvings....

Allie said...

Woah, this is very impressive! All the people seem to really enjoy the culture of India...it must be magnificent. I hope to see it all in person one day. Have a marvelous week & blessings to you.

xoxo,
Allie @ Framed by God
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ladyfi said...

How lovely and colourful. Can't believe it looks this good after hundreds of years!

Hazel Ceej said...

I wonder what those that look like drawers are for.

Gerald (SK14) said...

so many gorgeous carvings

Leovi said...

No doubt beautiful temple 'Padutirupati'! Great photos!

Jeevan said...

Awesome pillars! The temple looks unique.

Rajesh said...

Hazel: That is brass plating on the walls of the temple. Around that people will light lamp filled with oil.

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

super shots

anthonynorth said...

Intricate and beautiful.

Roger Owen Green said...

Yes, less ornate than some of your other finds, but still nice.

Team G Square said...

Wonderful temple . nice to know about this temple .

Carver said...

Beautiful temple and interesting post.

richies said...

I always enjoy your informative and interesting post. Wish I could visit your part of the world.

An Arkies Musings

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Master sculptor indeed! At first I thought those were yellow and orange marigolds.

Al said...

An amazing temple and nice shots of it.

George said...

This is a beautiful, impressive temple.

Gattina said...

What a beautiful architecture !
Gattina
ABC Team

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this temple.

Jim said...

Terrific shots.

SmilingSally said...

Happy Blue Monday, Rajesh!

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bj said...

Beautiful photos of very interesting subjects.
Happy Blue Monday

D. Prabhu said...

Beautiful photos :)

Aparna Anurag said...

colorful pics!!