Spotted deer grazing at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
A few pics of the Shiva Temple at Gangaikondacholapuram, Tamil Nadu. Constructed by Rajendrachola, the son of Rajaraja Cholan who constructed the Brihadiswara Temple at Thanjavur.
The Gangaikondacholapuram temple near Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. When I was their a few years back the Archaeological Survey of India was handling some restoration work - so that ugly cap of thatch on the temple dome, which I have partly camouflaged with the palm tree leaves. Maybe I will be luckier on my next visit... sometime.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
I have posted a series of pics that give some details of the sculptures at the Airavateswara Temple at Darasuram. (Check out May 2005 archives that show an overview of this temple and the Devanayaki Amman (goddess) temple next to it.) This was constructed by Raja Raja Chola the second, a descendant of the Raja Raja who constructed the Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur.
A hall in the Airavateswara Temple, at Darasuram. The temple was constructed by Raja Raja Chola - II (AD - 1146-1173). This hall is constructed like a horse-drawn chariot. It is believed to have inspired the Sun Temple at Konark, according to the book `Thamizh Nattu-k Kalai Kovilgal.'
Monday, November 07, 2005
Sunday, November 06, 2005
The entrance to the Big Temple.I was lucky to catch it in the early morning glow. The two massive figures guarding the doorway, `dwarapalakas,' are a common feature in the Chola temples in Gangaikondacholapuram and at Darasuram.