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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hampi Tour - Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

 This is a continuation of the previous post - Day three of the Hampi Tour.After the Krishna Temple our place of visit was the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple.When we were in front of the huge monolith of Lakshmi Narasimha we were awestruck & spell bound. This magnificent monolithic statue is the fourth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu and stands at a height of 6.7 metres.This is one of the finest examples of Vijayanagara architecture.Narasimha is seated on the giant coils of the celestial snake God Adisesha - the sacred guardian snake of Vishnu, its seven hoods acting as a canopy arched by a Kirtimukha Torana in front.The roof of the chamber enshrining the statue is missing which has led to considerable weathering & damage to the monolith.The four arms of the statue with its various attributes have been broken and the seated figure of his consort Lakshmi on his left lap is missing. The presence of the right hand of his consort Lakshmi embracing the Lord at the back is proof of this being Lakshmi Narasimha. The statue was consecrated by royal priest Krishnabhatta at the behest of King Krishnadevaraya in 1528 AD as per lithic record nearby.


23 comments:

  1. Lovely captures of this wonderful architecture!

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  2. Well captured the statue from different angle and close up! Interesting describe too...

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  3. Beautiful photo and nice writeup

    thanks

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  4. Great sculpture - funny and awesome!

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  5. Awesome pictures of an awesome temple.... nice work, Ram!

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  6. Extremely beautiful captures. It appears that the temple remains incomplete.

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  7. I have got a photograph standing in front of this statue. But I never noticed the details at that time. Your pictures show how the sculpters planned to bring out a statue! Great!

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  8. I am happy you greet us with more and with such amazing close ups.

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  9. Namaste.....
    those statues are both wonderful and terrifying.

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  10. These are amazing works of art and sculpture, Rama:) Very fascinating!

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  11. Hampi has been in my must visit list for quite sometime now! Yet to go....
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  12. Great captures. I am reminded of the visit there.

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  13. Very impressive and huge statue!
    many greetings

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  14. Wow! Great photos! Lakshmi Narasimha Temple looks impressive and huge. Your country has wonderful temples. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Awesome photography! beautiful temple to visit during Humpi travels. Nice post.

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  16. Nice post about Lakshmi Narasimha Temple in Hampi. This is the one i was exactly looking for. Thanks and keep sharing.

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