Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pushkarini, Hulikere

Hulikere is just 5 kms from the Halebid. This place is not as popular as other ancient archaeological sites of Belur and Halebid. This place one can see beautiful Pushkarini (sacred pool). 



This pool is constructed below the ground level. There are stone stairs from top to the bottom on all the four sides. At the mid height level there are 12 sanctums with pinnacles. Apart from this there are also 15 sanctums without pinnacles at the same level. 



The 12 sanctums most probably represented the twelve Zodiac constellations. The total number of sanctums may be standing for the 27 constellations. As this pool is filled with 75% water during the rainy season, its full architectural beauty is visible only during the summer season.



The base of the sanctum has two layer of beautiful carvings of elephants, horses, humans in war scenes. There is also a layer of beautiful motifs.

39 comments:

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Beautiful and interesting carvings....it's surprising they don't deteriorate in water!

Happy Monday!

lindaakacraftygardener said...

That would be such a fascinating place to visit.

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

You always post some intriguing images and most interesting facts about them! Thanks for another tour.

Beth said...

Amazing architecture! Thanks for sharing.

Kokila Gupta said...

Beautiful !These elephant fringe is a favorite with sculptors all over India... from Keshava Temples to Akshardhamas ... they are everywhere :) love them.

R Niranjan Das said...

Beautiful. Some water would have added more to its beauty.

Jeevan said...

Interesting shots and perspective on the pool! Marvelous site and its seems tough to climbing down the stairs

mick said...

Great photos and amazing construction.

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! What a sacred and fascinating place and wonderful photography for OWT!

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Leovi said...

Exquisite pictures, I like that sacred pool!

Donna said...

Rajesh I cannot get over the beauty of these places you show and the incredible artistry of the carvings. I don't think I have seen a more beautiful pool.

Sylvia K said...

What a fascinating place, Rajesh!! Wonderful captures!! I always look forward to your posts! Have a great week!

Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful architecture.

Kalantikan said...

Wow even if it's not too wide, it is awesome. Do you think it was above ground during those times, or if not, why was it built below ground level? Almost similar to the barays of Siem Reap.

Photo Cache said...

i really like the 1st image; i thought it really shows the beauty of the temple.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It is interesting to see a pool and all the intricate carvings

sal spring said...

What an interesting place - thanks for showing it to me.

Roger Owen Green said...

so much HISTORY!

ROG, ABCW

Hildred said...

Another beautiful post - I do look forward to seeing photos of the wonderful architecture you post!

Beloo Mehra said...

Beautiful!

Reader Wil said...

You never stop amazing me! You have so many photos of beautiful buildings! Thank you for taking the trouble of sharing.
Havw a great week,
Wil, ABCW Team

Su-sieee! Mac said...

The carvings and the buildings are astounding! Again, I wonder how long did it take for them to be carved and built, and how many people did them.
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Joy said...

I love the idea of the views of the architecture change with the seasons.

Cloudia said...

thank You





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Lmkazmierczak said...

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Marie said...

How lovely it would have been with water in the pool area. Still, the stonework is so gorgeous!

Arija said...

This is so interesting, I wish I could see it in the monsoon season.

Anunoy Samanta said...

What an interesting architecture...! Nice detailing Rajesh :)

Thomas Lee said...

Wow! An ancient pool.

NC Sue said...

Fascinating structure

Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

I'm learning a lot from your blog, Great pictures!

Mary Cromer said...

Magnificent place, great share!

fredamans said...

Wow, what stunning architecture!

Cristina Pop said...

This looks so beautiful!

SamuraiFrog said...

Beautiful! Thank you so much for the close-up of the carvings. I love how intricate they are.

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

Beautiful stone carvings..it's a pity that such places are not looked upon as heritage sites...

Ravish Mani said...

Magnificent architecture! How far is it from Bangalore?

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Amazingly historical! :)

Meoww said...

What a beautiful beautiful place!!