So this is the monolithic lion sculpture, he does look prehistoric with those curved fangs. Check out the temples in the background and the lovely dancing figures engraved into them. The Pallavas must have been a really patient race... do click on the picture for a larger view.
To tell you the truth, these kinda creeped me out... I don't know why but it was sorta unnerving watching this bas relief work as the sun was setting in the horizon. I don't think I would be able to cross this place at night...
But they do look nice, considering the work that has gone into sculpting them onto the side of a huge rock. Click on the pictures to enlarge them....
This is the entrance to another small temple... the deity (in the center) is enveloped in shadows. You'll see her more clearly tomorrow, she has got a fantastic shape... click on the picture for a clearer view.
The place is strewn with carved temples like this... you can see one in the background too. Notice the base is solid rock, these ancient people must have really worked hard to create these monuments. Please click on the picture to enlarge it.
Imagine carving this out of a solid chunk of rock... Aaron Ralston would appreciate the effort that has gone into this ancient sculpture. Check out the folds on its ears, do click on the picture for a better view.
These sculpted figures adorn one side of the temple wall, one guy even has his hand resting on an animal that kinda looks like a lion.
There's some sort of a pattern here, the guy with the beast must be a figure of authority. Flanking him are two couples and then a solitary figure. They are so slender and graceful... they seem like a calm and beautiful race. (Click on the pictures to enlarge them)
The next few posts will feature pictures from my recent trip to Mahabalipuram, which is famous for its shore temples and other massive carvings by an ancient race called the Pallavas that ruled the region in the 7th century. These ancient monuments are mostly rock cut and monolithic, depicting various gods and the people of that era. It must have taken many men working patiently together to create these awe inducing relics of an ancient civilization.
I celebrated my birthday over the weekend with this amazing calvin and hobbes cake. I love Calvin, he cracks me up, his parents are pretty funny too. This is a photo cake, you send the bakery a picture and they somehow print it onto the cake using a sugar and cornstarch mixture. I loved this chocolate truffle cake, every bite was sinfully good.
Onam (the festival of Kerala) was celebrated a few days back, and these designs made of flowers are a defining feature of the festival. Houses, offices and other institutions are decorated with elaborate and colourful flower designs on Onam.
Stopped by a church on the way home and saw this grotto of our Lady and St. Bernadette. The writing above Virgin Mary is in Tamil and it reads 'Here is your Mother.' Please click on the picture for a larger view.
So it's the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi and at every corner you see Ganesh idols like this. This festival goes on for ten days and there is a lot of dancing and drama on the streets. He is the elephant headed god, history has it that Lord Shiva (Ganesh's father) accidentally beheaded his son and then replaced his head with that of an elephant's. As usual click on the picture for a larger view.
Was away for a few days, had gone home to see my folks. Took this picture from the train as it was creeping into my hometown Nagercoil. Those rolling hills and the green paddy fields are characteristic in my region... I can never tire of this sight. The air is also so clean and inviting, not like the city, clogged with vehicle fumes and dust. Click on the picture for a larger view.
So the previous post shows where to hangout in villages, this one shows the coolest hangout place in a city like Madras, India.
Cafe Coffee Day outlets, like this are seen all over Madras... and they are so tastefully and peacefully set up. The seating is rather cosy with quaint wicker furniture and wooden chairs. The food is pretty good too, its the same stuff you usually get at great hangout places like sinfully good chocolate cakes, brownies, a variety of coffee concoctions and sandwiches.
So this temple festival is going on near my place, this four handed goddess made of serial lights marks the road that leads to the temple. This goddess called Mariamman (Mother Mari) is the goddess of disease and rain. At her festival, the devotees walk on burning hot coals to prove their undying devotion to her.
I found this yellow dot running around in my room, and picked it up. It was a yellow and black stripped bug and it looked like it was smiling... really. Click on the picture to enlarge it, then you can see an insect smiling...
So while going through some old pictures, I came across this beautiful one... the soft lights of the Christmas tree seen through an embroidered curtain. I remember I had just finished preparing something for Antonio to eat and as I was walking back to my bedroom, the glowing lights stopped me in my tracks and for some reason the whole beauty of it made me inexplicably happy... the whole season of Christmas has this effect on me. Anyway, I wanted to capture the moment, and this is the result.
I am just gonna put up pictures and scenes that catch my interest. I do like nature and I like fiddling around with a camera so as I go through life in South India, any 'moment' that seems worthy of being captured and frozen in time will find a way to my blog... so that years from now, when I am well into the fossilizing stage, future generations will see the world through my eyes and try to sustain her. I wish I could do more for our enchanting planet, after all she is the basis of life...