Sunday, October 27, 2013

Poetry in Stone - 17

This is seventeenth in the series on the rich cultural heritage of ancient temples in India. There are various intricate sculptures in each of these temples where each one of them is better than the other.



Chennakesava Temple at Belur is renowned for its sculptural marvel. Here are some of the sculptures that are present on the exterior of the temple on the south-west wall.





Harihara (Lord Vishnu) standing with a bull on the right and Garuda on the left.




Lord Shiva overcoming the demon Jalandhara whom he lifts up with the point of his trident.


Saint Parasurama with battle axe. We will explore more of this sculptural heritage soon.

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44 comments:

Kalpana Solsi said...

beautiful photography. What about Halebidu?

Cloudia said...

Wonders! Thank You, R


Namaste Aloha

Our photos said...

I like your photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

Sridharan Srinivasan said...

Superb.. I was fortunate too to have visited this marvelous place..

Our photos said...

You have make beautiful photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You are correct, Rajesh -- each temple is more interesting and fascinating than the next!

Muza-chan said...

Very beautiful carvings :)

My Unfinished Life said...

lovely scupltures!!!

your temple posts always amaze me!!

http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

Beautiful

Erica Baker said...

Beautiful stones. I am dying to go to India. Thanks for sharing your photos and experiences!

Joop Zand said...

Wonderful pictures.....well done.

Greetings, Joop

Marisol@TravelingSolemates said...

Hi Rajesh,
These are beautiful, intricate sculptures. They are treasures indeed.

R Niranjan Das said...

Magnificent carvings. Nice shots of it.

Sylvia K said...

The beautiful temples in your country never fail to amaze me, Rajesh!! Terrific captures as always! Thank you for sharing!! Hope you have a great week!

Photo Cache said...

a lot of work and superb craftsmanship in every temple.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A perfect title for this beautiful post. The sculptures are certainly poems .. Or even prayers ..the persons who did this work must have had guidance from the Gods.

eileeninmd said...

Amazing carvings and details. Thanks for sharing, Rajesh!

Leanne Barnett said...

beautiful, amazing detail.

Carver said...

Beautiful carvings in the stone.

ladyfi said...

Wow - what precious and lovely sculptures.

Leovi said...

Delicious photos, beautiful sculptures!

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Lovely pictures...

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Such beauty in the intricate detail of such architecture...beautiful!

Lowell said...

Lots of stories told in stone here. BTW, in the third photo down, Lord Vishnu...is that thing hanging down from his skirt what it looks like? :)

Rajesh said...

Thank you all.

Lowell: It is part of his dress around his waist.

Reader Wil said...

I wish I had a second life and time to see all those beautiful pieces of poetry in stone! Thanks,Rajesh, for sharing this.
Wil, ABCW Team.

Richard Lawry said...


I always look forward to your posts and seeing and learning about the temples.
An Arkie's Musings

photowannabe said...

Amazing intricate architecture and photographs.

Roger Owen Green said...

Stone cool!

ROG, ABCW

travelwithintent.com said...

Beautiful shots.

HansHB said...

Lovely serie, well done!

George said...

These carvings are magnificent.

genie said...

I like the little saint with his axe in the last picture. So this is #17 or the historic temples. Hope there are lots more. These sculptures are amazing.

Hildred said...

Very beautiful, - the architecture and the photography.

Nasreen said...

Amazing photography.....

Obsessivemom said...

It really is poetry in stone. Amazing how much time, money and effort was invested in our temples. It all seems worthwhile though considering they are still Irving us so much pleasure.

Tea norman said...

Beautiful workmanship..

Joy said...

Wonderfully intricate sculptures.

Ranjana's craft blog said...

Beautiful ...

Abhijit Ray said...

Beautiful sculpture well shot.

Datta Ghosh said...

beautiful sculptors, are rhe rocks used granite?

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

That is indeed poetry in stone :)
Marvelous!

Bhavani Nandan said...

Amazing photography..... You are very lucky to visit these temples!!

blackbeauty said...

Nice title with great pictures..