Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Lakulisa Temple, Pavagadh

Midway through the Pavagadh Hill one can find ruins of a small temple by the side of a pond. This Lakulisa Temple is for Lakulisa founder of Pashupata Shaivism which was one of the oldest and prominent Shaivite sect. This area is part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park.


Today this 10th century A.D. ancient temple on the rocky hillsides lie in ruins. This dilapidated temple holds the iconography of Lord Shiva thought it houses Lakulisa within its walls.




Even though most of the upper half of the temple has fallen off the walls are still standing walls with intricate sculptures. 



On the walls are fine sculptures on the external walls that give a glimpse of the original splendor. One can also see here the sculpture of Lakulisa.



37 comments:

Ravish Mani said...

Classic! Brilliantly captured the magnificence of great architecture :)

rupam sarma said...

Wonderful post and photos

krishna said...

We have so many marvelous structures.. but alas!! nobody is there to take care..

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice shots of the wonderful architecture and sculptures.

Jeevan said...

Wow! Great discovery on this hidden treasure of rock sculptures and carvings... Amazing captures

Amazing wonders in my life said...

Lovely pics...

Villrose said...

Fantastic!

AlexaT said...

Amazing and so lovely to see these sights and views!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Another fabulous temple!

ladyfi said...

What a lovely temple!

SM said...

beautiful photos

Laura said...

The artistry is so amazing Rajesh. I can only imagine what it would have looked like when first built before the ravages of time… still so beautiful.

Sylvia K said...

Amazing, beautiful sculptures/temple and wonderful captures as always, Rajesh!! Hope you and your family have a lovely weekend!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I think it is so amazing that something like this is not fenced off to prevent looting (and vandalism by humans). It shows how different our countries are. (I am sad to say, it would be needed here to be fenced off).

Thomas Lee said...

truly intricate sculptures

Photo Cache said...

Very ornate. Detail oriented. I wonder if there is a significance ot the number of anything on the temples.

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Magia da Inês said...

♬✿゚。ه
Impressionantes as esculturas primorosas em cada centímetro das paredes.
Um trabalho delicado e de muita paciência.

Bom fim de semana, com tudo de bom!
Beijinhos.
╰╮✿
✿✿ه° ·.

Jim said...

These are great.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Nice photos, yes, I love these delicious vestiges!

Margaret Adamson said...

great ruins. Beautiful reflection. Have a lovely weekend.

Nicol Carm said...

Wonderful pictures!

Fun60 said...

Another amazing temple and example of fantastic carvings.

bj said...

OOO, aren't they just beautiful

Barb said...

So sad that it is falling to ruin. There is such intricacy and beauty in these ancient stone carvings.

indah nuria Savitri said...

always love to see the elaborate details in the temples...lovely place!

fredamans said...

The intricate design is spectacular!

Kathe W. said...

what a beautiful place- such history!

Jeannie Marie said...

The shadows are wonderful but the detailed carvings are just fascinating. A wonderful place.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

So many intricate shadows!

Shadowy Stone

anushrimishra said...

Hi Rajesh,
I was surprised to find a blog on this deserted temple because not many would notice the historic significance it holds. The etchings on the temple are still lovely and the idol inside looks divine and celestial. I loved visiting this beautiful temple and it made sad that it lies in ruins.

Sneh Asnani said...

Nice shots.. do share more details about this place...

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Yogi Saraswat said...

This is our treasure . Beautiful images

Bushra Muzaffar said...

Outstanding architecture...beautifully captured.

Shrikant L. said...

Wow.. very detailed stone work! Great pictures.

Easwar Arumugam said...

awesome picts

Steps Together said...

Beautiful captures

i b arora said...

amazing architecture

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