Monday, February 24, 2014

Poetry in Stone - 18

This is eighteenth in the series on the rich cultural heritage of temples in India. The ancient temples are richly carved and they behold ones attention for their craftsmanship. Most of these temples have carvings of Lord Ganesh in various forms. Each of these sculptures are marvel stone in their own right.



Here is the huge sculpture of Lord Ganesh within the complex of the 12th century Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebid in Karnataka. The crown is a true masterpiece.



Above carving is on the pillar inside the 8th century  Hazar Ram Temple of World Heritage Site Hampi in Karnataka. 



First one is on the external walls of Airavateswarar Temple at Darasuram. Second one is 12th century sculpture of Lord Ganesha at ASI MuseumShimoga. Third one is at the Brihadeeshwarar Temple at Gangaikondacholapuram.

There are many more such beautiful carvings, we will explore some other time.


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25 comments:

explorenewness said...

Great photos! This makes me really want to go visit India.

Cloudia said...

Dear Ganesh!



ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
=^..^= <3

Jan Robinson said...

I love the flowers left on the feet of the first Lord Ganesh statue.

Muza-chan said...

Beautiful Ganesh statues...

Irene said...

Amazing!

The first shot is my favorite ... the work of this one makes me speachless :)

eileeninmd said...

Lovely images of the temple! The carvings are beautiful! Have a happy week!

Amazing wonders in my life said...

Felt homely... :) Missing Karnataka.. Thanks for sharing

R Niranjan Das said...

Lovely architectures.

ladyfi said...

How very gorgeous!

Lowell said...

Those are just incredible - such delicate craftsmanship!

Jim said...

Great

George said...

The carvings on some of the temples you have shown here and in other posts are absolutely fantastic.

Birgitta said...

Such interesting sculptures! Great work indeed! Good shots!

Bhushavali N said...

When it comes to being ornate, nothing can beat Hoysala and when it comes to elegance, nothing can beat early Chola!!! :)
Beautiful compilation, Rajesh! :)
Bhusha's TRAVELOGUE

Sridharan Srinivasan said...

Lord Ganesha is ever enchanting..!

Jeevan said...

Beautiful captures on the carvings of Ganesh!

Leovi said...

Very nice different sculptures of Lord Ganesh!

Gillena Cox said...

Marvelous, thanks for sharing, have a nice Tuesday

much love...

Roger Owen Green said...

GOOD stuff, as always.
ROG, ABCW

EG CameraGirl said...

All seem to be in very good condition!

Reader Wil said...

You are a great guide for tourists visiting your country!
Wil, ABCW Team.

Leslie: said...

Lovely shots!

Leslie
abcw team

Carver said...

The stone sculpture is beautiful.

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

Great pictures!

Yogi Saraswat said...

Very nice different sculptures of Lord Ganesh!