Khajjiar , a small hill station in Chamba, in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, is famous, apart for its picturesque landscape, the popular Khajji Nag shrine dedicated to the Serpent God (Naga = Serpent). It is said that the name ‘Khajjiar’ has been derived from the Serpent God’s name.
The temple dates back to the 10th century and is interspaced with different patterns and images on the ceiling and wooden posts. A curious blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture is reflected in the wooden carvings on the ceilings and wooden posts. Inside the temple there are life-size wooden images of the five Pandava brothers from the Indian Epic Mahabharata. One of such statues can be seen on the corner pillar.
The temple consists of a spacious congregation hall sufficiently enclosed by wooden supports. The dome-shaped shrine is made of slates locally extracted from limestone quarries. Check this link, for an external view of the temple. Note the small golden dome and spire. The temple is made in Pahari style (hilly region style) and the object of worship is the black stone image of Vasuki Nag.
Photography from inside was quite a challenge because of the strong contrast in lighting, very bright outside & semi dark inside. So you may find some parts of the picture with parts of outdoor, as too bright. The lady in red on the left is actually the priestess & she did some Puja (offerings) for us to the Naga God. I was pleasantly surprised to see a ‘priestess’ really. But she did not want me to photograph her & this was a shot I took when she was not noticing. When I did ask her for a photograph, she said "Nahin" (No) & walked off. I think I overestimated my persuasive powers!
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Balwant (588) 2008-01-17 7:58
Great photo shooting against the light with great details of the celling, pillars and good green colours with inclusion of human that makes it interesting! The priest is in the photo plus much more in your memory! Regards
jasmis (57824) 2008-01-17 9:07
Splendid piece of architecture. Fine silhouettes of sitting men.
noborders (1010) 2008-01-17 10:10
Very special and interesting architecture, your note explains it very well... Some of the columns seem to me in stone and not in wood, though, but I could be wrong !
First time I hear of a priestess in modern India : very interesting too !
Scharan (14144) 2008-01-17 15:13
Um enquadramento fantástico e cheio de criatividade. As cores vivas chamam a atenção...lindas.
Ótima luz e particularidades bem interessantes.Parabéns!
edytungkal (4551) 2008-01-17 17:50
Very interesting both picture and the story, i think its a bit difficult to capture the subject with minimum lighting and tight angle like that but you have composed it well. Thats right including the human on this shot make it better. Thanks Angshu friend...
rbellemare (2109) 2008-01-17 18:47
Great picture, I like the way it bring us inside up to the people on the hedge. I like the light which invite us outside.
testmaniac (13508) 2008-01-17 21:45
Namaste Angshuman, nice and colorful architecture inside shot! Good POV and lights.
TFS and regards,
Graal (96783) 2008-01-18 0:00
an interesting interior in temple. Fine composition. Good light and colours. Interesting informations also. Well done.
ChrisJ (96654) 2008-01-18 0:31
Superb bg colour, with wonderful sharpness & good fg reflections, in the highly polished floor. I like the repetition of the columns, & striking light contrasts. Tfs!
papagolf21 (85450) 2008-01-18 0:33
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Outre la photographie, j'ai beaucoup aimé la note d'accompagnement ainsi que la dernière remarque pleine d'humour.
Une photo difficile à réaliser avec les hautes et basses lumières, le résultat reste très bon.
Merci, Angshu, pour cette prise de vue très intéressante.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2008-01-18 0:56
By just looking at the photo, this place must be a good refuge from the hot sun.... the high ceiling, the marble floor, and the open layout gives the impression of coolness. Very good control of balance between the outside and inside lighting. Well composed! tfs
josepmarin (57711) 2008-01-18 2:29
You have managed skilfully the difficult and changeable light of this capture from inside the Temple, obtaining a great balance in the exposure, with a good result in the light, the colors and the quality of the image.
I like the graphism of the columns and the windows, with the persons that they give dynamism and life to the scene.
Nice work, my friend.
siolaw (38274) 2008-01-18 3:13
You caught nice light and shade play, both being well exposed and clear. Nice colorful BG. I like the blueish shine on the floor.. should be the sky reflecting?
carper (96) 2008-01-18 3:26
very unusual photo Angshuman
I like the view through the dark room to the light, good balance in the shot, nice photojob, have a nice day.
pastadog (13111) 2008-01-18 4:21
Very nice exposure, Angshu, really a successful result of the challenge, as we go thru the shadow area to see the pretty colors back there - and the priestess and the other guy in appropriate position... well done! Daniel
pierrefonds (56462) 2008-01-18 5:01
A good informative note, yes, it a difficult picture to take and the technique that you used gave you a fine photo. The architecture and decoration of the temple can be seen very well. The people on the edge of the picture are a plus factor to it. Thanks for sharing.
sanita (81) 2008-01-18 5:35
I love all your pictures; in this one is both the colours that I love, especially the red. Thanks for all your stunning and interesting pictures that you allow us to share in. In addition, your notes are always really very different and useful thank you.
jafadabret (56501) 2008-01-18 9:00
J'aime que le regard se perde dans les différentes coins de cette salle où des personnages et des statues semblent vivre chacun sa vie. L'ambiance ainsi créée est des plus prenantes.
emjleclercq (15780) 2008-01-18 13:50
Nice inside view. I like the framing with the pillars in the fore ground and the wide open windows in the background. But the best part is probably the pavement with the spots of light.
All the best,
axiotea (21649) 2008-01-19 9:59
I had to read your note to appreciate better this wooden temple and to have a second look at it and feel the peacefulness emanating from this old sanctuary. The end of your note made me smile...
crckt (7218) 2008-01-19 11:44
I think this is quite interesting. The colors and architectural patterns of the Pahari style is something I have never seen before. Thanks for sharing this.
hello_ishan (1571) 2008-01-20 0:20
Excellent shot; the effect of sunlight can be seen everywhere. You have captured nicely the interiors of the temple.
jhm (138230) 2008-01-20 0:41
We can enjoy of a excellent picture with the interior of the wooden temple.
Not easy for take, but we get through us the show and very clarity and good composition with this picture.
Also your note is very instructive.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend,
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (55401)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-14
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 36 - 432mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/20 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Himachal Pradesh - The Land of Gods
- Date Submitted: 2008-01-17 7:37