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…

Domed

The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness. ~Milan Kundera

Up In The Air

Temples in India are just not ornate, they are intricately carved from end to end, from the entrance to the sanctum; even the ceilings. I read somewhere, temples in India don’t just speak; they sing… and how!

Pillar In The Temple of God

To be a pillar in the temple of god signifies devotion, acceptance, stability of your beliefs. It also means to strengthen one’s resolve, bear the consequences of their own actions, and in turn be a support for others.

Basadi and Holy Shrines

The Gometeshwara statue at Shravanabelegola is not the only shrine to visit on the Chandragiri hill. The hill is full of different Basadi or Jain temples where pilgrims offer their prayers and wish for things. This is on the other side of the Odegal Basadi. More of a place to congregate and celebrate, the place…

Hidden Treasures

When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives. ~A. P. J. Abdul…

Listen Up!

“The key to good eavesdropping is not getting caught.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book “I shouldn’t have eavesdropped, but sometimes, that’s the only way to find out the truth.” ~ Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

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…

Peace & Quiet

The ornate Chennakeshava temple is a fine representation of the Hoysala architecture; in fact historians suggest that this is one of the last temples to be built with this architecture. The main temple sits in the middle of a high star-shaped platform with three symmetrical sanctums (garbha-griha) for Kesava , Janardhana and Venugopala, all forms of Vishnu.The…

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less

Temples usually have a Hundi (donation box) where you can contribute to the social activities that the temple authorities undertake. While most of them are just normal boxes, or big sealed jars, this one in a temple in Rajasthan caught my fancy. Although Inida is usually typecast as a country where cows cause traffic jams,…