IN PURSUIT OF SIVA ICONOGRAPHY
In the land of Saivites
IN THE LAND OF SAIVITES
My wife and I are just back from a nice trip to SriKakulam, Hampi, Lakundi,Badami,Aihole and Pattadakal.The 1st town is in Andhra Praadesh and the rest are in Karnataka.
My friends must have noticed my interest in Iconography from my blogs on terra cotta temples of West Bengal.My interest in Siva's Iconography grew when I found excellent books on this subject as well as studies in religious art in libraries of Banbury,UK and Schwarzman Library,NY during summary of 2010.. That is the time I decided to cover these places during the winter of 2010-2011.My wife and I went out to these places for a 11-days long trip in February,2011, covering a dozen and half man-made temples plus innumerable smaller shrines , cave temples and several museums..
We came across excellent display of wall-reliefs and sculptures on Siva,Shakti and Vishnu's Iconography in all these places. Near SriKakulam, we visited Bouddha stupas in sailahundam near SriKakulam. SriKakkulam has one of the few Sri Kurmam temple ( 2nd 'avatar' of Vishnu).
It was a wonderful trip. A few sentences to cover my excitement with the outcome of this trip :-
- SriMukhalingam's main temple has a very masculine look .Two other temples here are great too.Badami caves were created in 534 AD. Great work !
- Pattadakal and Aihole will be loved by all those who enjoy Indian architecture and temples.
- All these plus Sri Kurmam temple and Sailahundam near SriKakulam are photographers' delight .
- And I do not have to introduce Hampi - the famous World Heritage site of Karnataka - this place is a traveler's delight.
I am posting my notes and illustrative photos in my blogsites : przmm.blogspot.com and sulekha.com/cshyamal. About 4 blogs have been posted so far - I expect to post at least 6 more blogs over the next few weeks.My friends will find the links in facebook too. I have introduced Badami to visitors/members of tripadvisor.com .I look forward to your visit to my blogs on Siva's Iconography and your encouragement.