About me

Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie..

Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... Love reading books- sometimes i read 3books simultaneously, crazy about music- need it all around me, all the time and ofcourse, i totally am ga ga goo goo over my 7yr old naughty brat- Floppy!! errr, Prince Floppy!! :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Skywatch Friday- History within the walls

This photograph was taken in Sringeri the last time i visited. The sky was a beautiful blue, and the Vidya Shankar temple seemed to shine against the evening sky....

The Vidyashankara temple at Sringeri was built in memory of Guru Vidyashankara or Vidyathirtha by Vidyaranya, with the aid of the Vijayanagar rulers in the 14th century.   The golden image of Sarada was also installed then at the Sarada temple.   The temple also houses ruby images of Venugopala and Srinivasa and a Nandi made out of a large pearl. Several inscriptions are seen in the temple, describing contributions made by the Vijayanagar emperors. 

This temple combines the Hoysala and Dravida architectural features. It stands on a richly sculptured basement. There are six doorways leading into the temple. The twelve pillars in the mandapam are named the Raasi pillars, and are so arranged that the sun's rays fall on each of them, in the order of the solar months.

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  1. What an amazing building! So much detail to it. Thanks for the history lesson, too!

  2. The beautiful sky really enhances the temple with all of its beautiful adornment. Thanks for sharing a view of your world.

  3. Beautiful shot of the temple. I had been here twice. Both the times it was raining.

  4. A beautiful photo that belongs in a travelogue brochure. The history is interesting too.

    What is the pearl Nandi?

    Nandi is also a feminine Zulu name, Chaka's mother was called Nandi, and I gave one of my cats that name too!

  5. Beautifully captured!!

    Have been here and i like the sharadamba idol here, one of the temple where you can feel the vibrations of the place.

  6. Its a beautiful picture...the sky so awesome!

  7. Not been to this temple. Looks magnificent.


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