Pavuralakonda (the hill of the pigeons) is a hill located near the town of Bheemunipatnam, 25 km from Vizag city, with ruins of a Hinayana Buddhist centre calculated to have existed in the 2nd or 3rd century BC. In the picture, the Buddhist ruins can be seen in the form of broken segments of pillars on the right. The bricks in the vicinity are said to be the remains of ancient 'Viharas'. A total of 16 cisterns cut out of the rocks have also been discovered which, some archaeologists claim, were used for water storage and rain water harvesting. The workshop picture shows the ruins of these cisterns.
The ruined building is a far more recent construction known as the 'Dutch Bungalow' though there are no records that show it to be built by the Dutch. It might have been built by the Dutch or the Portuguese in the 16th / 17th century or the British at a later period.
What I found fascinating about the place was the sense of absolute desolation that it offered when we reached the hill top late one afternoon through a practically non existent road. I don't know how much of that I have been able to convey.
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abmdsudi (43718) 2014-07-16 14:21
What a tragedy to see a once proud and fine buildings, a very moody but lovely treatment though looks an imposing ruins and strong subject. Definitely like this shooting angle but the blue sky lifts the spirit a bit which I feel has added some dimension and just the whole feel really really nice. It's a neat factual image as it records the appearance of the ruins one that draws the eye in and invites it to explore.... Well done shot and thks to informative notes.
Silvio1953 (123561) 2014-07-16 15:26
Ciao Satya, fascinating abandoned buildings, excellent clarity, wonderful colors snd good perspective, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Cricri (107274) 2014-07-16 21:47
Une présentation intéressante de ces ruines suivi d'une bonne information, bel angle de prise, des couleurs fortes sous un ciel plus doux, bon rendu des détails, belle image présenter aussi en WS
pajaran (52602) 2014-07-16 23:08
Interesantan tekst o rusevini sa opisom ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazana rusevina.
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici.
Ostaju rusevine i secanja.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the ruins of the description ...
Good video and contrast nicely demonstrated ruins.
Good work with beautiful photography workshop.
Remain ruins and memories.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
Royaldevon (30225) 2014-07-17 2:00
Old abandoned buildings are a source of curiosity to us all. We want to know who lived there, when, why and why it was abandoned. To be there, is to feel the mood, the silence, the desolation and it is so hard to convey that to people who haven't had the experience.
You have certainly shown us the abandonment, almost a return to Nature and there is a certain sadness as the rooms seem to looking forward, doors open, to welcome new inhabitants!
Have a lovely day,
ourania (32083) 2014-07-17 2:36
I think that your photo conveys the sense of desolation very well. The ruins look eerie and fascinating, inviting and mysterious at the same time. I like how you filled the background with them and how you created context and anticipation with the deep foreground. The low, warm light has played an important role in the creation of this special atmosphere, I think that a slight accentuation of contrast would also be effective. The textures are superb. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
snunney (84887) 2014-07-17 3:44
An atmospheric composition featuring this place with an ancient history. It is inevitably the ruined bungalow that draws the most attention; its strong graphical lines stand well against the clear blue sky. A fine realisation with good light, colours and clarity.
Fis2 (86283) 2014-07-17 4:36
I like this climate.
Good frame and excellent colors.
Well done.Have a nice afternoon
Sergiom (61132) 2014-07-17 5:56
Je pense que ces maisons ont dépassé le stade de l'ancien pour atteindre celui de ruine. Je ne pense pas qu'il y ait grand chose à faire pour les sauver.
holmertz (41737) 2014-07-17 11:41
When buildings have reached this level of destruction it makes little difference to the average visitor which century or which culture they belong to. The desolation and abandonment as such can activate your imagination and make you think of the generations long ago who built this and what was lost with the destruction. I think your photo captures this desolation very well, and furthermore it does so with very good colours and a fine composition with the very ancient segments of pillars in front of the not quite as ancient ruins.
Noel_Byrne (24852) 2014-07-17 13:42
The sense of desolation has been captured well, this feels like a very lonely place, and for that a very beautiful place. I love ruins, and this is a beauty. I would not automatically associate this ruin with Buddhism, the structure looks quite like a town or city ruin, nut the light and colors have combined to make this a very fine image.
Thanks for sharing a special ruined place.
lousat (77804) 2014-07-18 1:44
Hi Satya,very nice and interesting corner,i always liked abandoned houses,they talk about history and have many secrets inside,a beautiful perspective with a special light and fine detail too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
jhm (140054) 2014-07-18 3:59
Both pictures show the ruins op a good way.
A pity that the these ruins remain and not again become rebuilds
But your picture is very well with depth and perspective taken, this is more important.
Very well composition, excellent presentation.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ChrisJ (99260) 2014-07-18 5:13
A surprise to read that these ruins are around 2200 years old. They looked much younger. Good sharpness and nice warm cold color contrasts between the blue sky and the reddish toned earth and brick ruins. It looks like the wood, mud bricks and thatched roof have long since rotted away. Tfs!
imageme (1767) 2014-07-19 14:57
Hi Satya, This ruins is almost 'Ground Zero'. I am sure it had its 'Splendid times' in the past. Excellent details and marvelous colours. Like the blue BG. Best regards
pierrefonds (57509) 2014-08-10 15:46
The distance between the rocks and the ruins is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details of the ruins. The light is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.