Walk into any Indian temple and you will see a plethora of sculptures dedicated to elephants, tigers , horses and even the mythological yali .The picture above is one that I shot at Darasuram in Tamil Nadu, a 12th century temple built by the Cholas.

The second is a picture of young Sala who is shown killing a tiger on the ” gopura” of the temple at Doddagaddavalli, a Hoysala temple. There is a story behind this sculpture which led to the dynasty being found in the 11th century. The story takes one to Angadi, the birthplace of the Hoysala Dynasty , a small village tucked away inside a coffee estate .Click here to read my story of Angadi in CLAY.

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  1. Reader Wil 21 December, 2008 at 21:25 Reply

    Wonderful, impressive stories behind the sculptures of a world I should like to know more about! Thanks for sharing and your visit to my duckie world! Have a wonderful Christmas or what ever holiday you will celebrate!

  2. Mary Cornell 22 December, 2008 at 06:27 Reply

    Lakshmi, what a lovely post. As a former backpacker ( south of France mostly) I can relate to the desire to capture the colors and images of one’s experience. Your images are what attracted me to follow your blog. Thanks for visiting mine btw. I’ll be back here often.

  3. Fida 22 December, 2008 at 06:53 Reply

    What I so like about your blog is the combination of beautiful photos of wonderful places and small description that inspire me to find out more. My list of things to see grows each time. Thank you so much.

  4. Larry Jordan 22 December, 2008 at 12:34 Reply

    Hi Lakshmi, I have not yet been able to visit India but I’m sure I will someday take a birding trip there. There are many beautiful birds in your country that I must see.

    I do love sculpture and architecture also. There is a rich heritage of both in India I would also love to see.

    Thank you for showing us a small piece of your country. I love your header graphic also. Beautiful sunset or sunrise over the water.

  5. Vijay 23 December, 2008 at 09:06 Reply

    hi lakshmi

    Lovely – chola yaazhi’s are a subject by themselves. the ones in pullamangai are great.

    Interestingly the pillar that you have features from darasuram was sketched by artist silpi. will post shortly


  6. swami 25 December, 2008 at 19:12 Reply

    Dear Lakshmi,

    Thanks for your visit to my blog…

    Most of the temples mentioned in my blog are ancient only πŸ™‚

    It is very difficult to imagine that Hi-Tech city like Bangalore has so many ancient temples.


  7. Lakshmi 2 January, 2009 at 13:24 Reply

    Dirk – I do hope u will sometime πŸ™‚

    Vishesh -Thanks

    Mamapippa – We have several sculptures in india and Im glad you like them πŸ™‚

    June,Fishing eye,Deepak Sameera,Ice Pony Goddess, Harekrishnaji,Iamyuva, Jeevan – Thanks .Glad you liked them

    Reader Wil – Im glad you enjoyed a bit about this world..Thanks for your wishes..we celebrate the festive season too

    Rajesh – Welcome to backpacker

    Vagabond – will share sometime πŸ™‚

    Mary – Great to know u are a backpacker as well..Its great to share little snippets like this..hope to see you soon

    Fida – I try to do my little bit by adding interesting aspects …glad u liked them

    Humanobserver -thanks and we know very little of them πŸ™

    Larry – Thanks..India is diverse and beautiful. Its got a heady mix of both nature and heritage. I hope you do get to visit india in 2009. Glad you liked my little window to my country

    Vamsee – Thanks..amazing how much we learn from them

    Ajeya – Yes, Its not just mythology, but a lot is depicted on social life as well

    Grammy, Misty dawn,Apple Debbie – Glad you liked this interpretation. Thanks

    Mridula – I didnt know heritage lures you as well..glad you liked it

    Celine – the picture above is a yali …its a mythological animal and appears in various combinations..will share more in detail later

    Wendy – quite a few down south have survived…but they need to be restored

    Vijay – As always, your comments enrich the post..thanks

    Philip – Appreciate it..glad you liked it

    “Sanibeltoots” – Thanks for dropping in

    Swami – Thanks…will be dropping there sometime

    Ceedy – So true and each one is fascinating

    Indrani – Yes…and Ive seen lizards as well πŸ™‚

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