Monday, October 24, 2016

Parshwanatha Basadi, Halebid

The Jain Temple complex in Halebid as three Jain Basadi's. Among them Parshwanatha Basadi facing the entrance of the Compound is the largest Basadi.  This was completed in  1113 AD in the memory of Ganga Raja, the commander of Vishnuvardhana Raya by his son Boppadeva. This Basadi looks simple externally, but the interiors is a contrast to the outside.



This Basadi built using soapstone consists of a garbhagriha, a sukhanasi, a navaranga and a detached mukhamandapa. The pillars of the mukhamandapa even though they are not polished they are beautifully ornate.



The square garbhagriha and the walls of the navaranga are plain but decorated with pilasters at intervals. In the navaranga the 12 black pillars that support the dome have been shaped attractively and thoroughly polished. 



The lathing of these pillars has been done very well and all the images on each of the pillars are very different from each another.



The image of Parshwanatha in the sanctum is an example of beautiful workmanship of that period. This 18 ft. tall sculpture with a seven hooded serpent over his head represents a perfect yogi or with a benign and sympathetic smile on his lips.



There is a attractive sculpture of Bhuvaneshwari in the underside sealing.

25 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful, intricate, and ornate -- I am not sure I know what soapstone is and I must go and Google it. It doesn't sound like something that would last centuries, but obviously it is.

krishna said...

very beautiful photographs...

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Vineeta Yashswi said...

Lovely post...

joshidaniel.com said...

interesting :)

Al said...

That's an exceptional temple.

Fun60 said...

I am surprised at the use of soapstone and how well the sculptures and carvings have been preserved.

Photo Cache said...

I love the columns.

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VaishVijay said...

Ceiling is intricate and makes me wonder how they would have done it in that angle!

Lady Fi said...

So beautiful!

DrillerAA09 said...

I am always amazed at the ability of ancient man to create such intricate designs and construct such large structures with only the most basic of tools and technology. Wonderful set of images.

Gattina said...

Real beautiful workmanship !

Leslie: said...

This is a particularly beautiful piece of architecture. Love the pillars.

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Melody Steenkamp said...

Beautiful buildings.... very delicate work has been done there

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photowannabe said...

What more can I say? Totally amazing workmanship.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely images of the amazing buildings ~ how orate ~ thanks,

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magiceye said...

This is wonderful!!

Roger Owen Green said...

Love those pillars!

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Amit Agarwal said...

Great captures, Rajesh!

Jeevan said...

Well observed the details! The ceiling work and pillars are marvelous with great workmanship

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Another amazing building!

Splendid Little Stars said...

How interesting and intricate!

Thomas Lee said...

Looks like a very prominent pillar

ventisqueras said...

che grande e magnifica architettura, è un bel tuffo nella storia del tuo stupendo Paese, grazie mille

Alexa T said...

Amazing structure of the building; impressive aspects, the pillars, the interior and the ceiling, as well! Very interesting place! A good weekend!