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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Aihole Temple Complex - Other Temples

This is a continuation of the series of posts on Hampi-Pattadakal-Aihole-Badami. The trip was undertaken in September 2013. For more details please see my earlier post on Durga Temple Aihole which is in the same temple complex.:   Durga Temple Aihole - Day 2
The Ladkhan temple Aihole - Above & Below
 The north face of the temple is shown here. The temple's sloping two-tiered roof, which imitates wood construction, is furnished with stone "logs" that cover the joints between the roofing slabs
Ladkhan temple Entrance
 The porch fronts a square mandapa. In the center of the mandapa, a Nandi faces the small interior shrine, which abuts the rear wall of the mandapa. Instead of the usual tower, a rooftop shrine (the structure on top of the roof in this photo) is positioned over the center of the mandapa.
A superbly ornamented & engraved window
Some very early temples - with small mantapa in the front and garbha griha



Suryanarayana Gudi temple
Assigned to the 7-8th century this temple has a Rekha Nagara (curvilinear) Shikara over the Garbhagriha & a 4 pillared front mantapa. The Garbhagriha door frame has Garuda at the lintelholding serpents and also figures of Ganga & Yamuna.The sanctum has a two feet tall Surya Idol.

Gaudaragudi Temple Aihole - Above & below
This is one of the oldest temples here and dates back to the 5th century AD>. It is either a Bhagawati or Mahalakshmi temple.


24 comments:

  1. I like this architecture very much.Your climate must be allowing the stone to age well.

    Ruby

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  2. I saw an incredible Muslim mosque in Delhi last November. It is the largest mosque in India, drawing 25,000 worshipers on holy days. Wish I had also seen a Hindu temple, too.

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  3. just beautiful. i love that very 'earthy' stone.

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  4. unique proportion and style of Architecture!

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  5. Very Different architecture and Love the stone!

    I often wonder what a wonderful social climate it must have been those days, which lent these architects and sculptors the resources, time and freedom to freely express themselves. These days, everyone seems to be trying to beat someone else at what they do, rather than doing what comes best to them!

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  6. Thanks for the tour of this fascinating and beautiful temple.

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  7. The architectures were fascinating esp. the wood like roof was unique! This looks like an amazing place to visits, and your photos were inspiring and pretty.

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  8. Very well maintained. I hope it gets WHS tag soon.

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  9. I like the intricate details of the place...nice to see it

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  10. They look familiar...maybe I remember the Beluru temple. Each and every temple is beautiful, Ramakrishnan Sir! I have to visit them as early as possible!

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  11. There is not one single temple in your country that I don't find fascinating. Never tire of seeing photos of them and I'm so glad I've visited a few.

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  12. Wonderful shots of the temples.
    I have to visit this place one more time.

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  13. Thank you for sharing these shots. So many bloggers post about this place that I am dying to explore the beauty of it. And a lovely profile picture Sir.:)

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  14. Wonderful photos and nice info

    thanks for sharing

    Is it September 2013 ?

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  15. You took great pictures of this fascinating place. I wish I could visit it myself one day (until then I enjoy your pictures...)

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  16. I'm amazed that this ancient building is so well preserved. The engraving is beautiful and ornate. I enjoy visiting exotic places through your photos.

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  18. You ventured to Aihole, Pattadakkal, Badami??? How much I envy you now!!!??? :)
    Bhusha's INDIA TRAVELOGUE

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  19. Songs of the stones of an era gone by... absolutely enchanting..
    ERR

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  20. Superb architecture, very well covered in the post..

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