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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Avudayar Koil - Part 2

This is a continuation of the previous post. I present below some more of the exquisite stone sculptures and bas reliefs on the ceilings.
A Pandya warrior  with thick mustache, a sword, heavy ornamentation & intricate head gear
Closeup view of the warrior
The Pandya King -Conducting court of enquiry
Amazing Roof Architecture - See 3 types of cylindrical rods
Design on ceiling
Intricate Ceiling Design
Hindu Deities sculpted on ceiling
More Ceiling Designs
                                                      Stone Chains hanging from Ceiling
Warrior on Horse - See the ornate  embellishments on Horse
Yali or Dragon swallowing Man
Ornamented Stone Pillars
Lord Muruga on Peacock
Lord Siva appearing as "Kudurai Samiyar"

31 comments:

  1. just amazing amount of work and detail on each and every item!

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  2. What great architectural work.Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

    Shantana

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  3. Fantastic set of amazing photos. Interesting handlebar moustache on the Pandya warrior. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Good pics. Amazing architecture!!

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  5. The stone sculpture are fantastic. I think working in stone must be very difficult.

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  6. Wow! It’s all unique and exotic sculptures and rock cuts! Great details and description!!

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  7. iam intrigued by the ceiling designs...amazing architectural works...

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  8. The work by the stonemasters are wonderful, well caught.

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  9. They are all unknown shrines to me. I thank you for giving me such wonderful leads.

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  10. Such exquisite images and details.

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  11. Surprised to see LEI (Hawaiian wreath of flowers) draped on one of the statues. Do Indians have a custom of putting lei on special people and then giving them a kiss on the cheek? We in Hawaii do that a lot.

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  12. amazing sculptures..... When I go back India want to visit the temples....

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  13. Very nice sculptures...any reason/story behind the sculpture "dragon swallowing a man"? Loved that warrior sculpture holding the moustache...
    Lovely post.I will visit this place sometimes...

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  14. Thank you for the birthday wishes Ram! ;-)

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  15. Did they let you picture inside there? Usually those guys would come after us saying that we should not click.

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  16. Nice captures and wonderful architecture.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.com

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  17. I like the kudurai saamiyar. Looks very cure. Murugar statue also is beautiful.

    Enjoyed watching the pictures. Thanks.

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  18. Hello Ram,

    Lovely photos and wonderful sculptures. This is a visual treat.

    Best wishes,
    Joseph

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  19. Each of these sculptures are masterpieces.

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  20. These sculptures are real masterpieces. It is fascinating to see them in your pictures and to think how old they are...

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  21. I'm a sucker for architectural details so I particularly love this post! Simply amazing!

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  22. Exquisit is the word. Wonderful series!

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  23. I don't feel the need to even go to these places! :) Beautiful pictures!!

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  24. Amazing!! Two eyes, one mouth and one brain is not enough to praise them.

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