Monday, March 30, 2015

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Bhadravati

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Bhadravati is one of the most ornate temple which was built during 13th century during the reign of Hoysala Dynasty.



The temple built on a raised platform the architectural style of comprises of three shrines: one the shrine is facing west and other two shrines are facing north and south. The material used for temple is soap stone.



The entrance to the temple is through an open pillared hall or porch. The porch is supported by very well carved very smooth pillars.



The temple is dedicated to Lakshmi Narasimha an incarnation of the Lord Vishnu. The outer wall of the temple displays exquisite two tier decorative plan. The inner wall of the shrine is plain where as the outer wall is star shaped with numerous recesses and projections that are used as decorative relief.



On the outer wall there are several carvings of Hindu deities in relief. 



34 comments:

Linda said...

Wow! So much intricate artwork! Thanks for sharing this.

rupam sarma said...

wonderful photos

joshidaniel.com said...

the pillars looks super cool :)

Liz Needle said...

The architecture in your country is amazing and very beautiful. I really enjoy your photos.

eileeninmd said...

A beautiful temple, lovely tour! Have a happy day!

bj said...

This is so amazing, it just blows my mind...made of SOAPSTONE...WOW...

Joyful said...

Stunning! I absolutely love the pillars. Very unique.

Fun60 said...

I wonder how many stone masons were needed to complete such a work of art.

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful temple and terrific captures as always, Rajesh!! Thank you for sharing!! Have a great new week!!

Leovi - La FotografĂ­a Efectista Abstracta said...

Beautiful photos, I really like this temple!

Marcia said...

What an incredible structure for its time.

Jane Hards Photography said...

Always such interesting posts.

Donna said...

Wow I was fascinated to see they used soapstone to carve this beautiful shrine. Lovely effect of the stone when carved.

Photo Cache said...

I love the name Lakshmi. What does it mean?

Andrea said...

I am still wishing to see more of India, meanwhile i just relie on your shots.

Rajesh said...

Lakshmi represent Goddess of wealth, love, prosperity.

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Magnificent temple, very fine post!

ladyfi said...

Those pillars are magnificent.

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice to know about this temple. Such wonderful sculptures.

Jen Masssey napierdailyphoto.blogspot.co.nz said...

must have taken a long time for them to build it

carol l mckenna said...

Another amazing temple ~ Great Shots!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Felicia said...

wow it is beautiful, very detailed.

happywonderer.com said...

I'm always amazed at the scope of detail on these ancient structures!

sharplittlepencil.com said...

Raj! I am so "Holy Weeked out" as a Christian, so I was ready for some world travel and some other paths. I know a bit about Lakshmi from other blogs, but this account, along with the gorgeous pictures (I love soapstone because artists find it easy to work with). Peace to you, my friend. Amy

Jeevan said...

Impressive pillar and rock carving on the wall! Beautiful captures and detail

Maria Gomes said...

I am a Hindu History enthusiast and have been for some time now. Your blog post describes the Lakshi Narashima Temple so beautifully. The pictures that you have put up are so attractive and attention grabbing that any person that comes across this post and sees the pictures will be intrigued to go there.

magiceye said...

Amazing work!!

harshita joshi said...

Wondeefull architecture

ArchanaC Kapoor said...

wonderful architecture... the pillars are awesome..

Cheers, Archana - www.drishti.co

Arun Prasadh said...

Beautiful temple.

Somali K Chakrabarti said...

Ancient Indian temple architecture is simply marvelous.

Yogi Saraswat said...

Beautiful Journey with beautiful pictures !!

Alok singhal said...

How do you get to know so much about these temples? Beautiful, as always!

D.Nambiar said...

Temple architecture par excellence! They Hoysala dynasty left us so much to be awestruck with.