India is a place of temples. Millions of temples are spreaded all over the country. The temples are as old as 2500 years and as new as of today.
There are various types of temple arts South Indian, North Indian.
Mogul and Pratihar-Gurjar school.
You can be astonished with Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh and Mt. Abu in Rajasthan. Surya temple of Konark in Orissa or Pareshnath of Kolkata,West Bengal.
We have several destinations in India reknowned for its extraordinary architecture. I find Caves fascinating and have written about a couple of them. Do have a look.
Kanchipuram, in Tamillnadu, South India is famous for temples. (It is said there are 208 temples). Not a street without a temple. The highest temple being Ekambaranathar temple, the oldest temple is Kailasanathar temple, one kilometer from bus terminus. It was built by the Pallava Kings in 7th century AD. You can see no devotee coming to it.. and it will always be lonely, with one or two priests inside and a watchman of Archaeological Survey of India.
Why has that temple lost patronage of the devotees? There is a story for that. The then Pallava king completed the temple and waited for the God for glorifying it. At that same time, another devotee built a very small temple, some 50 kms. away (now Tiruninravur) and invited the God. The God preferred to go to the poor priest's temple and avoided the King's temple at Kanchipuram only to show that He is available to everyone, may be king or may be a poor priest. People came to know that the God preferred Tiruninravur temple and began pouring in to that temple, till now. The Kanchipuram temple stands isolated, a testimony to His preference to poor and not the proud.
The architecture in that Kailasanath temple is also not fascinating.. seems that of demons and ghosts. You will be frightened to be there before dawn or afte dusk.
I will never forget the first Indian (Hindu) temple that I saw in Singapore. It was my first encounter with Indian statuary and religious art. It is my favorite art please make a hubpage with many pictures.
Yes, I have published some hubs about Indian temples in Kolkata, Palitana, Jaipur and Agas. These are photo galleries.
Now you can enjoy these.
I did not find time last days to write an article on the subject which I promised earlier. But I will do that as soon as I can shoot some photographs.
Mr. Chatterjee has written some hubs about temples in Bengal representing terracotta art.
By the time you can visit those.
There are many temples in Jaipur that includes Jain and Hindu. Come and visit all these. Indian lady has referred some of them in her hub about Jaipur.
There are a lot of temples in India, which depict sex in graphic details. It is believed that most of them are depictions of the famous "Kama Sutra". The most famous and notable of these temples is the "Khajuraho Temple", located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, in Cental India. If you ever get a chance to visit India, keep this temple in your itinerary.
I wrote a hub about the Temples of Khajuraho. I was there 2 years ago and it was amazing. Although I have to say that while the temple is spectacular my most memorable moments in Khajuraho were when I went to visit old Khajuraho.
The people in the village are very poor, but truly welcoming. These two wonderful kids took the time to show me around. Took me to their school and even to their home to meet their Mom. They were so sweet and their Mom wanted to share lunch with us even though there was barely enough food for them to eat. Such wonderful people!
In fact my Avatar is an image I shot in the old Khajuraho village. I will always remember my visit there!
Madurai -Meenachi Amman Temple is very famous in world level and getting good hits from google .
If u visit India - Tamil Nadu - Visit Meenachi Temple and see that Dimond Key .
You may also find attractive, religious icons. They are painted with egg tempera in a religous style of middle age art - called Byzantine icons. Egg tempera paintings still exist today from 1st centuries AD.
really cool....i been to india and visited some temples i would like to know more about them.do you have any good website with nice images and good litarature...i would like to make a documentry type for my next project...thank you.
Hi Britney, Jyoti, there's also the beautiful lotus temple in New Delhi
Watch this videos:
1. Temple art of India Part 1 (Pungalia Temple Anniversary Feb 06 2009)
2. Temple art of India Part 2
3. Temple art of India Part 3
. Temple art of India Part 4
There are temples in India those are inspired with Kamasutra and Khajuraho is perhaps the best. However, there are many temples (In millions) those do not depict any sex icon.
Yes, Khajuraho is beautiful. People in India are generally like that. They always welcome guest. Guests are treated here as god.
Every indian art has some connection to some kind of religion. The Hindu religion worships their gods and to please these gods they make temple as beautiful as artful as possible. The temple art represents the messages to community on the name of god. It praises gods and tells varios stories of varios kind to people.
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