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Belur Halebidu

Published December 31st, 2012

Trip to the land of unbelievabe craftsmanship !!

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Basava

Basava.. Typically a strong Ox which is taken places with its guardian. He is given dakshina (cash/kind) who earns his living on the same. People having cows at their house request the guardian to impregnate the cows with the ox..

  • December 8th, 2012
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Chennakeshava temple, Belur

Chennakeshava temple, Belur

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belur

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Perspective

sculptures

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Lord Shiva and Parvathi

sculpture of Lord Shiva and Parvathi

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One of the temples in belur temple complex

One of the temples in belur temple complex

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Temple base

elephants at the base symbolise strength, A array of lions stand for fearlessness and the horses above represent power

  • December 8th, 2012
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Belur Gopura

Belur Gopura/Gopuram, a closer look

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Belur Gopura and Dhwajasthamba

Belur Gopura and Dhwajasthamba (flag pole)

  • December 8th, 2012
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Temple edge

view from one of the edges. The temple is star shaped

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Pillars

Pillars

  • December 8th, 2012
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Belur Temple, another angle

Belur Temple, another angle

  • December 8th, 2012
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Belur Gopura

Belur Temple gopura from outside

  • December 8th, 2012
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Halebidu temple

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halebidu

  • December 8th, 2012
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Nandi mantapa, Halebidu Temple

Nandi Mantapa at the halebidu temple. There are two Nandis here int he temple complex. The Nandi here is a monolith and 6th biggest monolithic Nandi statue in India. (bigger ones at Lepakshi, Thanjavur, Mysore, Bangalore bull temple, Rameshwaram)

  • December 8th, 2012
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The Main gods

Brahma-Shiva-Vishnu and the divine couple, Shiva-Parvathi. Note that Parvati has a unusual mongoose at her feet. Seems to be Artist's impression !!

  • December 8th, 2012
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Govardhanagiridhari Krishna

Krishna lifting the govardhana mountain. so beautiful !!

  • December 8th, 2012
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Halebidu temple exteriors

The temple at halebidu took around 190 years to build and the one at belur around 103. The pic justifies those timelines

  • December 8th, 2012
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Halebidu Temple complex

One of the temples in Halebidu Temple complex

  • December 8th, 2012
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Carvings

he main architect was Jakanachari. A kannada saying says "belur is to be seen from inside, Halebidu from outside". True to every penny

  • December 8th, 2012
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Lord Hanuman, the monkey god

Lord Hanuman, the monkey god

  • December 8th, 2012
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Hoysala, the symbol

Hoysala: Sala was the first ruler and founder of hoysala dynasty. Legend has that Sala struck the Lion with a single blow that killed it. The incident led to the Lion becoming the emblem of the dynasty

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Mahabharatha: Arjuna vs Karna

Mahabharatha war: Arjuna vs Karna. The chariot flag at the right has Hanuman (Arjuna) and the one on left has a crow (Karna). Remember the arrows multiplying in the TV serials? Well this is a 12th century depiction

  • December 8th, 2012
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Kalabhairava

Kalabhairava. Depicted ornamented with a range of twisted serpents, which serve as earrings, bracelets, anklets, and sacred thread (yajnopavita). He wears a tiger skin and a ritual apron composed of human bones. Bhairava beheaded one of Brahma's five heads and since then Brahma has only four heads. When depicted as Kala Bhairava, Bhairava is shown carrying the decapitated head of Brahma

  • December 8th, 2012
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Mahishasura Mardini

Goddess Durga killing mahishasura

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The carvings

So very beautiful. Each carving has a story behind it. so much of planning, paitence, skill and hardwork !!

  • December 8th, 2012
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Vamana avtar at halebidu

Vamana avtar. The sculptor has done justice. A foot on the earth. Second one covering the skies and water (you can see the fishes in water). King bali had to offer his head for the third

  • December 8th, 2012
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Slaying of Vali, Ramayana

Slaying of King vali. King Rama shoots from behind, the arrow cutting through the seven sala trees before killing Vali. Such a small carving, so nicely described

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Bheema, the powerful: Mahabharatha

The power of Bheema. Bheema whirls the enemy elephants to ground by their trunks killing them. To the left is pile of dead elephants supposedly reaching the skies

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Abhimanyu Vadha, Mahabharatha

Abhimanyu Vadha. To the right is the depiction of Chakravyuha

  • December 8th, 2012
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Vishnu and Indra

Lord Indra to the right. Airavata is marked by double tusks on each side and Indra holding the Vajrayudha (thunder bolt).To the left is Vishnu and Laxmi on Garuda.

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Ravana lifting the Kailasa parvatha

i would term this the masterpeice art. Thats Ravana lifting kailasa parvatha. Shiva presses his toe to the ground and the weight becomes unbearable, depicted by his bent knees. the sculpture says it all

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The Indian gods and goddesses

Splendid indeed !! hope it stays this way and is well maintained for generations to come

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