In Peace

The Ramalingeshwara temple in Avani, Kolar (Karnataka) is a dravida style set of shrines of Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. Built in the 10th-century by the Nolamba dynasty, the temple was partially renovated and restored in the Chola dynasty. It is also known as the “Gaya of the south”. Legend has it that Avani was…

Vishnu-Sahasranāma Stotram

603. om anivartine namaḥ Salutations to him who does not reject those who are inclined to return to the material world. 604. om nivrttātmane namaḥ Salutations to the self of the spiritual practitioners who are attached to the path of Liberation. 605. om saṃkṣeptre namaḥ Salutations to the limiter of the field of light for…

Time Stands Still

The shiva temple in the ruined land of Halebidu is a fine reminder of the stunning architecture of the Hoysala dynasty.  The twin-temple is dedicated to Hoysaleswara and Santaleswara Shiva lingas, with two Nandi shrines outside. Local suggest that the two lingas, masculine and feminine was built as a mark of loyalty to the king…

Sunshine

With Holi gone, its officially spring time in India. As the sun starts to shine in its full glory, I am reminded of my fun vacation to Hampi. The Hampi Chariot completes the triangle of stone chariots in India- these is one in Konark, Odissa, and another in Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu). A massive sculpture of…

Amidst Ruins

Ajanta Caves, located off Aurangabad Maharashtra, is home to a beautiful horseshoe shaped set of Buddhist paintings and sculptures. This is a relic from Cave 1. It is said to be one of the last caves excavated and possibly wasn’t a preferred place of worship, as there is no sign of any soot deposits from…