Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ramalingeshwara Temple Complex, Avani

Ramalingeshwara Temple Complex at Avani is not only a place of religious and historical importance, but also archaeological wonder. I visited this temple with my family when I went on a tour of Mulubagal district.

This temple complex at the base of hillock is constructed in 10th century  by Nolamba dynasty and later renovated by the rulers of Chola dynasty.

This huge temple complex has many temples and they are:
  • Ramalingeshwara Temple
  • Laxmanalingeshwara Temple
  • Bharathalingeshwara Temple 
  • Shatrugnalingeshwara Temple
  • Vali Sugriva Temple
  • Subramanya Temple
  • Kamakshi Temple

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Poetry in Stone - 23

This is twenty-third  in the series on the rich cultural heritage of temples in India. The ancient temples of India are richly carved and they behold ones attention for their craftsmanship. 

Here is a beautiful sculpture on the exterior of the Lakshmana Temple at Khajuraho where a boys help a lady to remove thorn from her feet.

On the back side exterior wall of the Varhai Temple at Chaurasi is the beautiful sculpture of Sun God on a chariot pulled by 7 horses.

At Airavateswarar Temple of Darasuram there is a very unique sculpture of Ardhanareeswarar with three faces and eight arms. If one observes carefully the left half is man and the right half is woman.

In the above the first one is Lord Shiva on sitting pose with sword and shield in pair of hands. This is again from Airavateswarar Temple at Darasuram. The next two are from Chennakesava Temple of BelurThere are many more such beautiful carvings, we will explore some other time.