Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Great Manasthmba, Hiriyangadi

Neminath Basadi at Hiriyangadi has been built in the later half of 14th century. In front of this a colossal Manasthmba measuring 54 feet in height is constructed over a platform with conventional mouldings in a stepped pyramidal order.



The shaft divided into many registers of which, the lower portion is an austere square base followed by circular corrugated register and the rest of the entire circular shaft is divided into five registers with double circular bands.




The apex of the shaft is treated with series of tassels over which a slightly bulbous tip accommodates a multifaceted, almost stellate capital over which a huge abacus carries a small turreted shrine. Inside the shrine is an exquisitely carved Yaksha seated in padmasana. 



22 comments:

Al said...

That's an awesome pillar, it doesn't look as if it should stay standing for long, let alone for many centuries.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A lot of work went into building that shrine!

Alexander said...

Very nice carving on the monument. Good good to capture them close up.

Alexander
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Light and Voices said...

Intersting! I like how you explain what I am seeing. Very historical information with photographs. You are recording history as it is now and how it was then. I love it!
JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

genie said...

So much detail. Your workers of old must have had the patience of Job. I wonder if it ever sways with the wind. It stands so high. Quite an impressive sculpture

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is an amazing tower to view from all sides.

Lady Fi said...

Amazing and historical!

dhiru guri said...

Lovely Stambha. Nice to know about this place.

NatureFootstep said...

nice pillar :)

Nora said...

An interesting tower, amazing it has lasted so long and lovely detailed art work on it.

Tony McGurk said...

I amazed at the excellent condition of this pillar Rajesh, considering it was built in the 14th century. It's certainly stood the test of time.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Wow....this is really impressive!

Thomas Lee said...

a very solidly build structure

bettyl-NZ said...

That's a lot of history and work!

bj said...

thanks so much for sharing this with us. Happy Red Tues.

Gina145 said...

It seems the architects of the past were a lot more competent than they are now. With all our modern technology there's a good chance something like that built today would fall down in no time.

2travelling sisters said...

Good to read about the temple(Basadi) where our family prays..:) Thank you for sharing about this ancient temple...:)

Jyotirmoy Sarkar said...

Designs are beautiful, nice Stambha.

Ravish Mani said...

Beautifully captured and narrated, Rajesh :)

Prasad Np said...

very intricately carved and beautiful

Yogi Saraswat said...

Never read about it before your post ! The third picture is telling a lot about this . Thnx for sharing an unique structure with us .

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

Wonderful inscriptions on the pillar... great clicks... :-)