Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Poetry in Stone - 32

This is thirty-second  in the series on the rich cultural heritage of ancient temples in India. There are various intricate sculptures in each of these temples where each one of them is better than the other.

On the East Gate of Great Stupa of Sanchi has beautiful sculptures of elephants at the top side. The close up of the elephants shows skillfully carved cloth coverings and other details.
 


Dashavatara in Ellora has a sculpture of Mahadeva in his terrible form. The gigantic figure lounges forward holding up his elephant hide, with a necklace of skulls depending below is loins, while with his trishul he has transfixed one victim. 



To add to the elements of horror, Kali, gaunt and grim, stretches her skeleton length below, with huge mouth, having a crooked knife in her right hand, and stretching out the other with a bowl as if wanting a share of the victims blood.



At Sun Temple of Modhera, on the step of the Surya Kund directly opposite the temple, a small shrine has Vishnu on Shesh Shaiya. 

19 comments:

Anuradha Premkumar said...

nice..

Ranjana's craft blog said...

Different sculptures...I guess these belong to different periods too.

rupam sarma said...

Amazing

Klara S said...

Amazing sculptures.

Jeevan said...

Incredible narrative and details there! Well observed

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Nice pictures...

joshidaniel.com said...

nice :)

Thomas Lee said...

Delicate carvings here

Jim said...

Great work.

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

So amazing how those stones were carved. I really like the first photo since I am a fan of elephants. #TPThursday

Lady Fi said...

Wow - so gorgeous!

Irene said...

Amazing carvings!
Happy weekend ahead!

Photo Cache said...

I enjoy the elephant carvings.

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dhiru guri said...

Wow, lovely captures with good derails. I'm yet to go to Gujarat.

namaki said...

Nice details ...

Jho Criz said...

Amazing shots especially the 3rd one. Hope to visit mine too.


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Devilish Angel said...

Magnificent...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Intricate shadows!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I always think your Poetry in Stone posts could not get more beautiful and intricate, but they always do! Those elephants are amazing!