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Hoysaleswara temple prt13

Hoysaleswara temple prt13 | digitized from slide

I’m not even half way with the slides from India; but I have the feeling that this should be the last India-from-slide-post. It starts to feel like work; and that’s not good 🙂 . In this post the rest of The Hoysaleswara temple in Halebid; incredible sculptures. Prt 21 and 22 show quite well what insane details these craftsmen were capable of. Rock looking like cloth; almost surreal. And as the temple is dedicated to Shiva, there is of course a bull waiting in front of the entrance.
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Hoysaleswara temple prt14

Hoysaleswara temple prt14 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt15

Hoysaleswara temple prt15 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt16

Hoysaleswara temple prt16 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt17

Hoysaleswara temple prt17 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt18

Hoysaleswara temple prt18 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt19

Hoysaleswara temple prt19 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt20

Hoysaleswara temple prt20 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt21

Hoysaleswara temple prt21 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt22

Hoysaleswara temple prt22 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt23

Hoysaleswara temple prt23 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt24

Hoysaleswara temple prt24 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt25

Hoysaleswara temple prt25 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt26

Hoysaleswara temple prt26 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt27

Hoysaleswara temple prt27 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt1

Hoysaleswara temple prt1 | digitized from slide

After our visit to the Giant, the taxi drove us to Halebid, to see the Hoysaleswara temple. It was build in the 12th century and is dedicated to Shiva. Most famous for its sculptures.

Hoysaleswara temple prt2

Hoysaleswara temple prt2 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt3

Hoysaleswara temple prt3 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt4

Hoysaleswara temple prt4 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt5

Hoysaleswara temple prt5 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt6

Hoysaleswara temple prt6 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt7

Hoysaleswara temple prt7 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt8

Hoysaleswara temple prt8 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt9

Hoysaleswara temple prt9 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt10

Hoysaleswara temple prt10 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt11

Hoysaleswara temple prt11 | digitized from slide

Hoysaleswara temple prt12

Hoysaleswara temple prt12 | digitized from slide

The carved out Stairway

The carved out Stairway | digitized from slide

One day we hired a taxi to drive us around. On our way to our first goal, Shravanabelagola, the taxi suddenly stopped. The driver stepped out of the cab, ran to a very small ‘temple-for-one’; made some ritual gestures; gave himself a red dot on the forehead; and came rushing back to drive on. What was mystical religious for me, was just a daily routine for him. In Shravanabelagola we started to climb a stair that was carved out the mountain-rock. It was endless; but finally we reached the top; and there it was: the Giant. The Gomateshvara Statue. It is a 17.8m. high monolith statue; and part of Jain religion. Every 12th year, there is a big ceremony called Mahamastakabhishek. I have seen postcards from this ceremony. The statue is anointed with saffron; poured over with milk; and I remember a red one as if it was poured over with blood. Unfortunately I’ve only the granite version for you.

The View from Above

The View from Above | digitized from slide

Almost there

Almost there | digitized from slide

Gomateshwara Statue prt1

Gomateshwara Statue prt1 | digitized from slide

Gomateshwara Statue prt2

Gomateshwara Statue prt2 | digitized from slide

Gomateshwara Statue prt3

Gomateshwara Statue prt3 | digitized from slide

 Enlightened

Enlightened | digitized from slide

The Gods on the Roof

The Gods on the Roof | digitized from slide

Life can be Heavy

Life can be Heavy | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt15

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt15 | digitized from slide

Last series of the Padmanabhapuram Palace, in B&W.

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt16

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt16 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt17

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt17 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt18

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt18 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt19

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt19 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt20

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt20 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt21

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt21 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt22

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt22 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt23

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt23 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt24

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt24 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt25

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt25 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt26

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt26 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt27

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt27 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt28

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt28 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt1

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt1 | digitized from slide

Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala. We visited the Padmanabhapuram Palace. I loved it. It was sober and life had left it’s traces. Great roofs to give shelter for the sun and very open facades made of the finest woodcarvings.

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt2

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt2 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt3

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt3 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt4

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt4 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt5

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt5 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt6

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt6 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt7

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt7 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt8

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt8 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt9

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt9 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt10

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt10 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt11

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt11 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt12

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt12 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt13

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt13 | digitized from slide

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt14

Padmanabhapuram Palace prt14 | digitized from slide

The Rhythm of the Roofs

The Rhythm of the Roofs | digitized from slide

One day I went to Kerala with Padma to visit her parents. It took us a nightride in a bus, and a trainride in the morning. The seats in the bus were made of steel and wood. Normally I like sober, straight designs, but during the night; when we drove down a mountain on a hardly paved road, it wasn’t that comfortable for the back and the bottom. Some people even managed to sleep!
In Trichur we visited a traditional Kathakali performance. It ‘is a stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion‘ (thank you WiKi). I didn’t understand much of it; but it was an impressive performance.

Kerala Style

Kerala Style | digitized from slide

Strength

Strength | digitized from slide

With Father

With Father | digitized from slide

Kathakali prt1

Kathakali prt1 | digitized from slide

Kathakali prt2

Kathakali prt2 | digitized from slide

Kathakali prt3

Kathakali prt3 | digitized from slide

Kathakali prt4

Kathakali prt4 | digitized from slide

Kathakali prt5

Kathakali prt5 | digitized from slide

Kathakali prt6

Kathakali prt6 | digitized from slide

Kathakali prt7

Kathakali prt7 | digitized from slide

Kathakali prt8

Kathakali prt8 | digitized from slide

Tool celebration day

Tool celebration day | digitized from slide

When we went back to Mysore it was ‘Tool Celebration Day’ , or whatever it’s called. People show their respect for all the tools and machines they use, by cheer them up with beautiful flowers.

Videos

Videos | digitized from slide

On the Bus

On the Bus | digitized from slide

Green roof

Green roof | digitized from slide

The guys from the tailor store

The guys from the tailor store | digitized from slide

Waiting Nandi

Waiting Nandi | digitized from slide

“Do you know why that bull is lying there”, somebody asked. I didn’t. “Long ago, Shiva and his Nandi (bull) were on a long, lonely travel. After many days Shiva got so horny that he did the bull an indecent proposal: ‘I’m in a desperate need; if I can have sex with you right now; I will help you out any time in the future when the needs are the other way around’. The bull agreed and offered his services. Many years later, while they were on a journey once more, the bull had his hard time and he reminded Shiva of their appointment. But Shiva ran off as fast as he could. And that’s why Nandi is lying in front the Shiva-temple, waiting, waiting till promises are full-filled.” We had a good laugh.

Simple Symbol

Simple Symbol | digitized from slide

Closed Doors

Closed Doors | digitized from slide

The Funny Face

The Funny Face | digitized from slide

A Touch of Light

A Touch of Light | digitized from slide

Cubism

Cubism | digitized from slide

Sacre

Sacre | digitized from slide

The white Wall with the black Holes

The white Wall with the black Holes | digitized from slide

Chopped off

Chopped off | digitized from slide

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