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Monday, 23 March 2015

Pattadakal: Poetry in Stone...

Some pictures from my last year's visit to Pattadakallu - a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the Malaprabha river, home to some of the most stunning Chalukya architectural grandeur.











Friday, 6 March 2015

More pictures from Badami, Karnataka

Here are some more haunting images from my trip to Badami last year, continuing on from a few shared here:

A life size Adinatha statue at the Mahaveera (4th) Cave Temple

A view of the little temple structures on the hill opposite to the Badami Caves

Bhootanatha Temple complex as seen from  the Badami Caves

Serenity

The grandeur and the unique color of the Badami Cave Temples

Stairs to the architectural heaven

Bhootanatha Temple complex from the Agastya Lake around sunset

Stunning carvings of Varaha, Ganesha, Trimurtis, Mahisha Mardhini, Ugra Narasimha and more beyond the Bhootanatha Temple

Agastya Lake and Badami Cave Temples as seen from the Bhootanatha Temple complex

A calm picturesque water body behind the Bhootanatha Temple complex

Monday, 2 March 2015

Some images from Badami...

Some pictures from my last year's trip to Badami, Karnataka. All these special architectrues are from the Badami Chalukya and Kalyani Chalukya period, ranging from 6th Century CE to 12th Century CE.

Entrance to the cave temple dedicated Shiva

Stunning carving on the rooftop inside the Shiva cave temple

The famous Nataraja statue depicting multiple Bharatanatya poses

Varaha lifting Bhoodevi

Vamana becoming Trivikrama

Entrance to the cave temple dedicated to Vishnu

The Kalyani Chalukya marvel right below the Badami Chalukya caves

Vishnu? or Chalukya king Pulikeshi?

Paintings on the rooftop from the 6th / 7th century Badami Chalukya period

From inside one of the cave temples of Badami