Sunday, 21 November 2010
|Ugra Narasimhar at Belur|
|Shoo Shoo in the most Artistic Manner, Belur|
|Gajasamharamurti , Belur|
|The Royal Emblem of Hoysala Dynasty, Belur|
|The Bejeweled Gatekeeper... The Dwarapalaka with innumerable Ornaments at Halebeedu|
|Dancing Ganesha, Halebeedu|
|The Dance King... Nataraja|
Enjoyed the Droplets , To Get an out of the world experience the Real thing... Visit Belur/Halebied/Somanathpur !!!
Friday, 5 November 2010
Pradeep underlined on how this implementation stands out as a Classic and Historic case of Modern Corporate Governance. A perfect example can be seen in the case of Anirudha who was Brahmin by caste.
|Flag Post at Madambakkam Temple|
- Fishing Tax (Erri Meen Pattam)
- Farming Tax
- Market Tax (Sandhai Mudhal)
- House Tax (Vasal Vari)
- Weaver Tax
- Tax collected for Village Watchman
- Info on Madambakkam
- Inscription No. 43 on Madambakkam Mahasabha
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Sharing the Pics of Beautifully done Ganesha's Decoration by the temple priest during Chathurthi Celebration at my locality VGP Srinivasa Nagar Rajakilapakkam Chennai.
The Original Idol has only one head, the decoration doesnt give the sense of that at all !!!
Hope you all will enjoy the pics
As Always your feedback is highly appreciated....
|Beautiful Ganesha / Vinayaka Decoration|
Sunday, 12 September 2010
“A Picture is worth thousand Words”
I was always looking for a book on Mahabalipuram which is at a layman level explains the treasures of Mahabalipuram offered. Even though there are many books on Mahabalipuram but I found most of them having lot of texts or having low resolution Illustrations. I am that kind of a person who doesn’t like to read too much of text sans illustrations or few. Let us admit, learning History through Amar Chitra Katha was far more interesting and intriguing than reading our School Texts. That is Amar Chitra Katha Stories are still one of the most sought after Comics and Collector’s Item.
Even during my recent visit to Mahabalipuram, I Missed a companion and a guide as I found that even the ASI approved guides lacked basic information on the sites and in fact were concocting their own version which I found very disturbing. I believe misinformation is more dangerous than having no information at all.
When I posed the Query to my good friend and Architecture Guru VJ, he asked me wait for sometime as his Guru Mr S Swaminathan (A Heritage Expert) was in process of compiling a book on Mahabalipuram. Knowing VJ’s Taste and Knowledge, I was sure that it is going to be a masterpiece and decided to wait for the Book.
After a while, the much awaited news came in the form of a post in VJ’s Magnum Opus (www.poetryinstone.in), in which he informed on the Book Finally coming out of the press and finally within the reach of the patrons. Being Impatient and Eager to get my hands on the book which is still awaiting a Formal Launch, I contacted Mr Ashok Krishnaswamy through his email id (firstname.lastname@example.org) available on VJ’s Post.
Frankly speaking, before getting my hands on the book I could gauge that the book is going to be par excellence. My self-belief was the outcome from two aspects; the person who recommended (VJ) and the author Mr S Swaminathan.
I am very delighted to say that I was right; the Book is really a masterpiece which has not been attempted till now on Mahabalipuram. I would like to thank and Wish all the people involved in making of this masterpiece.
The Fun ride starts right from the title itself; Mahabalipuram “Unfinished Poetry in Stone” which is totally apt. Association of the sculpting to the Poetry portrays the passion of the author towards the subject.
The Chapters in the book flows like a soothing stream of a river, portraying the author knowledge of the subject and most importantly its readers. Starting from the brief introduction to South Indian Temple Architecture, the author gradually takes the reader to the Pallava Temple Architecture and then finally to the “Unfinished Poetry in Stone” i.e. Mahabalipuram. I have never such a detailed and interesting explanation of Panels like Arjuna’s Penance. The level of importance given to readers is highly appreciable.
The Icing on the cake is splendid and articulate photography by Mr. Ashok Krishnaswamy. A Heritage enthusiast himself, his photographs portrays and answers many questions we as a viewer and reader have regarding various works of arts in Mahabalipuram. Once you start going through pages you will find it hard very hard it keep the book down. The glossary at the end of the book supplements the main text in very nice way.
Finally I got what I was longing for so long and I strongly believe that it will be answer to many of the heritage enthusiasts like me and you. Our Companion to Next Trip to Mahabalipuram has finally arrived.
My Sincere Request to the author is to bring out a similar work on Kailasanatha Temple of Kanchi.
Just Go For it !!!! I Say !
Now for the benefit of enthusiasts, the book is available on Flipkart !
Sunday, 1 August 2010
I would like to share two Snaps which I could not resist taking en route to Chennai !
Missed having my camera handy so had to use my mobile.....
Hope you will like it :)
As every time .... your feedback is highly appreciated !!!!
Saturday, 12 June 2010
REACH is involved in lot of great works including renovation work at Kailasanatha Temple Uttaramerur and Varadharajan Temple at Kanchipuram.Headed by Great Person like Mr Satyamurthy (Ex- ASI Chief, Southern Region), the group is proactive in its methods which enable it to find places which are remotest of remote. The like minded members of the groups are its major strength and act as a source of inspiration for many like us.
One thing I like the most about the Organization is that REACH makes learning about the past an enjoyable experience by combining the Stalwarts from the respective fields like Epigraphy using innovative means like Field Trips and Seminars. The regular course in Epigraphy is one of REACH's famous activities.
Instead me commenting more on them , I would like you all to see the work Done by the Group which shows their Dedication and Spirit.
Please find Links related to Organization below:
Happy Reading !
Saturday, 6 February 2010
It is surprising to note that there are so many hidden gems near us waiting to be explored. So What are you waiting for , pack your backs (don't forget your camera) and get going !!!
The place needs conservation and our attention as the possibility of it becoming a victim of Blind "Development" that is plaguing the Bangalore is looming large.
Lets hope that this unique place remains the same for the times to come.
I have shared different facets of the place for you to enjoy !!!
Other Places to visit:
- Hessarghatta Lake: is a favorite spot for Bird Watchers. It was once a major source of Water for Bangalore.
- Nrityagram: This "Village" of Dance is worth a visit for Classical Dance Lovers.
|Different Texture of Nature in Hessaraghatta|
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Kancheepuram, a city famed for its multitude of Temples, is a microcosm of different styles of Dravidian Art and Architecture. Every dynasty that held sway over this sacred land seem to have competed with each other in building more elaborate and exquisite structures, the highlight being that they built new without destroying the older ones. Thus each Dynasty left its indelible mark in the form of architectural Splendors.
In my Previous Post I had covered a Masterpiece of the Pallava King Rajasimha, Continuing the emphasis on Kancheepuram, I will be covering an exquisite piece of art gifted to us by the Vijayanagara Dynasty this Time.
It is said that one should not judge a book by it cover and the same holds true for this structure.Sporting a very humble appearance from outside this structure holds a Treasure Chest in terms of Art and Architecture.
|The surprises starts at the entrance itself with a life size Beautifully Carved Yaali|
(Mythical Creature) on the Outer Side of the Step Support.
|On the other side, a Small Beautifully Carved Krishna. Mesmerizing to see.|
The Human Wheel
The Divine Tank and the Mandapam under which the original Diety (Atti Varadar) is in a silver casket . The deity is taken out every forty years for 45 to 48 days .The last occasion was in 1979 and the next will be around 2019...
A Vijayanagar Style Hunting Scene in Progress
(A Well Coordinated Attack)
(So it seems.....)
Actually she is getting ready to feed her baby and is covering the Baby
Notice the Attire Posture and Expression of the Horse !
Chain made of Single piece of Stone are at all corners of Hall
(This particular chain was broken and mended with a steel link)
At the End of the Chain there are parrots having a fest on a flower
(What a Masterstroke from the Sculptor, Just can't imagine the effort involved)
A Life Size like figure of Rathi riding on her Parrot
(A Monkey Playing Spoilsport among Pigeons)
As you can see in many pictures, the sands of time have literally put a layer on these sculptures but when i visited the site there was a restoration process was in progress. Hope that this will bring out the original beauty of these Sculptures to the forefront.
As always, request you to give your valuable feedback !
Note Of Thanks: I would like to thank my friend Vijay and Mr. Vinayagamurthy for making my visit a grand Success.