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India through my eyes – Palette or plate at Lepakshi ?

I thought it was first a giant palette used by the royal artists to paint the walls of the temple..maybe I imagined that the colours for the exotic murals came from here. The Vijaynagar kings had indeed patronised the artists to paint some wonderful murals that still stand the test of time in Lepakshi..However I was told by the guide that this was probably where the locals used to be served food and hence the “thali” like shape of this sculpture. I wouldnt know which is right though..

December has seen very little travel from my end except for my trips to Chennai which has become quite regular. I was there last week and got back yesterday and I am off again tomorrow. I havent been extremely busy , but just been a bit tied down with little things.I will be slowly catching up on all your blogs and here is the regular reading list from me.My Inside Story in Today’s Metro Plus is about Lepakshi as well.

And its celebration time as Ive got this award from Hitchwriter, whose posts and photographs are always a pleasure to visit. Thank you so much. I really cannot choose 8 bloggers and as usual, I pass it on to all those who visit my blog.


  1. Final_Transit 15 December, 2008 at 09:38 Reply

    If they are thalis, they are too big πŸ™‚ If they are palettes, they are too many πŸ™‚ Guess we will not know the real reason soon. Meanwhile, happy traveling, and I’ll check Celine’s article too.

  2. GreatEscapes 15 December, 2008 at 16:51 Reply

    have been wanting to visit this place for such a long time, recently visited the temple at Nandi Village, that’s an interesting place enroute to this. will try and read your stuff on the publications πŸ™‚

  3. indicaspecies 15 December, 2008 at 18:41 Reply

    Just arrived from India early this morning and this is a surprise! Thank you Lakshmi.

    Thanks for the article published on Datia Palace at CLAY, the links provided here, the lovely telephone conversation with you, for the growing blog friendship, for everything.

    Interesting to read about the imprints at Lepakshi. I shall be catching up with your other posts and those of others shortly.

    Congratulations on the well deserved Award and have a lovely trip again to Chennai.

  4. Ravi Kumar 18 December, 2008 at 01:28 Reply

    Interesting. How was the apetite during those days. The thalis look way too big.

    When r u visiting orissa. I have something from Bhubaneswar for u in my blog. Check it out.

  5. Anil P 21 December, 2008 at 18:09 Reply

    For a fraction of a moment I actually mistook the pattern for a pugmark.

    Considering that food used to be served on plantain leaves or patravali, I just wonder if this might not have had some other use.

  6. ceedy 25 December, 2008 at 06:39 Reply

    Interesting….dont think they are thalis….as that is a whole lot of food πŸ™‚

    guess one will never know

    do you have a long shot with the surroundings…maybe can guess smg…

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