Monday, May 25, 2015

Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, Talkad

Vaidyanatheshwara Temple at Talkad is one of the oldest temple here. Recent excavations have unearthed this temple and some other prominent temples. This temple built in the 14th century by the kings of Chola Dynasty. 





This magnificent granite temple built in Dravidian style showcases wonderful craftsmanship by the artisans of the period. Later, the Hoysalas, Vijayanagar and Mysore Maharajas made valuable additions to this temple.



The east facing temple has doorways that is intricately carved and has two huge guards  approximately 10ft standing on either side of the entrance. The outer walls are covered by depictions of various forms of Shiva and Vishnu. 



A beautiful chain of granite rings is sculpted at one end of the outer roof. Interesting feature of this chain is that they hang down from the roof, with no joints. 



Interesting carvings are done on the pillars and walls of the temple. Each of these carving outdo each other.



23 comments:

R Niranjan Das said...

It is a beautiful temple. Lovely pictures.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Beautiful architect...

Jeevan said...

Absolutely marvelous details... wonder how the granite rings are joined!

eileeninmd said...

A wonderful visit to the temple. The details and carvings are beautiful. Have a happy week!

Marie C said...

Such a gorgeous temple! You have some really beautiful architecture in India!

Fun60 said...

How do they manage to sculpt such beauty into granite!

Sylvia K said...

A magnificent temple it is indeed and your captures are wonderful!! Thanks for sharing, Rajesh, as always!! Hope you have a great week!

Donna said...

Rajesh I marvel at how many gorgeous temples have been buried for so long...thankfully they are now being unearthed....those granite rings are amazing.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful details.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

An interesting Vaidyanatheshwara Temple, pretty pictures !!

Roger Owen Green said...

I wonder how many temples there are in India! You've photographed many!

ROG, ABCW

Reader Wil said...

Absolutely brilliant! This temple must be ver ancient, but it looks so beautiful and in good repair.
Have a great week!
Wil,ABCW Team

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous carvings! Wow!

Al said...

Exquisite carvings and workmanship, wonderful.

Barb said...

You wonder what tools they had to create such masterpieces? The granite rings are amazing in their perfect circles.

lotusleaf said...

A beautiful temple.

Hildred said...

As always such beautiful architecture and embellishments. Amazing craftsmenship.

Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil said...

Rajesh, Again, this makes me want to visit India. A gorgeous temple. So much love went into it, I know. Amy

Fritz Ant said...

Love the architecture art work, must of took them craftsman a long time to create.

ArchanaC Kapoor said...

beautiful :-)

Yogi Saraswat said...

This magnificent granite temple built in Dravidian style showcases wonderful craftsmanship by the artisans of the period. Later, the Hoysalas, Vijayanagar and Mysore Maharajas made valuable additions to this temple. Very beautiful place really .

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

amazing architecture!
Is this the one that gets covered with sand overtime?

Subhodeep Mukhopadhyay said...

Very interesting and informative. Shall definitely visit once.

Thanks, Subhodeep
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