India from Slides prt14: The Chennakesava Temple in Somnathpur

Front view

Front view | digitized from slide

One day a student, or something; a really nice fellow from a small village, wanted to show me a very fine temple. It was in Somnathpur, about 35 km. from Mysore. He knew exactly which buses we had to take. When the next bus stopped in front of us he jumped inside, threw his sweater on a free seat, so that I could sit, while he stood right behind me. This subservient behavior felt a bit uncomfortable for me; but I let him do his thing and he was enjoying his trip a lot. When we reached the temple, he stayed outside and waited patiently till I had seen it all. The Chennakesava Temple was built in 1268 C.E. under Hoysala king Narasimha III, when the Hoysala Empire was the major power in South India. According to the books it is one of the finest examples. Must be true. I was speechless.

The Entrance

The Entrance | digitized from slide

Incredible Sculpture prt1

Incredible Sculpture prt1 | digitized from slide

Incredible Sculpture prt2

Incredible Sculpture prt2 | digitized from slide

Incredible Sculpture prt3

Incredible Sculpture prt3 | digitized from slide

Incredible Sculpture prt4

Incredible Sculpture prt4 | digitized from slide

Incredible Sculpture prt5

Incredible Sculpture prt5 | digitized from slide

Incredible Sculpture prt6

Incredible Sculpture prt6 | digitized from slide

Incredible Sculpture prt7

Incredible Sculpture prt7 | digitized from slide

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16 comments
  1. Malin H said:

    I say: OMG! Yes, incredible. Both sculptures AND your photos, Harrie.

  2. Beautiful pictures from an amazing culture. You wonder if it’s for real.

    • Thank you! There are vague stories about intelligent creatures from outer space that helped the Indians with super-technology …

      • Could have happened. 🙂 There is much we do not know yet.
        Sphinx is 4,000 years older than previously thought, but we don’t talk much about it for how you should be able to fill 4000 years with proper history.

  3. The twigs and imagination. There is almost not at all today. Most of it is streamlined. One is similar to the other.

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