These are some of the sculptures at Panchdharala temple complex, Andhra Pradesh, India. At many locations, for the purposes of weather protection, the original surfaces have been coated with lime so that we are no longer able to see the original textures.
These are some that remain uncovered:
- the pillars with the gorgeous and intricately sculpted lion (and lotus) motifs.
- the most fascinating water spouts shaped like elephant heads at the central open bath which act as outlets fot the five perpetual streams round the year. The water was cool, clean and fresh and is extensively used by the village population both for bathing and as drinking water. We also found the level of water inside the pool to be constant and were told by the locals about an underground drainage system leading to the several ponds that were present in the vicinity. What I found remarkable was the fact that a facility developed by the ancient Chalukya rulers, using the available technology of the day, has served the population of the neighbouring villages for 10 centuries and continues to do so.
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snunney (103285) 2014-04-24 1:54
The workmanship that has gone into these sculptures is quite something. You have captured them very well indeed, in all their exquisite detail. Thanks for sharing.
pajaran (63484) 2014-04-24 3:50
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o mestu sa opisom ...
Dobri snimci i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto sa tri fotografije.
Voda je izvor zovita.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article on the site with a description ...
Good shots and contrast nicely demonstrated place with three photos.
Water is a source of live.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-04-24 4:56
a beautiful photo of this place with splendid composition and attractive details, great mediterranean lights and the POV is excellent,
Sergiom (84489) 2014-04-24 5:22
J'aime beaucoup ce triptyque.Il nous montre avec force détails les très belle statues et fontaines de l'endroit.Une belle manière de faire trois pierres d'un coup.
Royaldevon (41032) 2014-04-24 5:53
I love the sculptured lions which demonstrate the richness of the carvings, the change of light and the sense of perspective.
To be honest, I would prefer to see one main photograph, with the other examples posted as w/s. This allows you to give us better, crisper details, for the smaller photographs have a lot to show us about the site.
Thank you for your explanation about the lime coating.
My warm regards,
Fis2 (102384) 2014-04-24 7:13
Curious colors and light.
I like it.
dekanski (5786) 2014-04-24 9:35
Cricri (122589) 2014-04-24 11:24
Bel assemblage qui permet d'apprécier les sculptures, la fontaine et la texture des pierres, très belle réalisation
ourania (48802) 2014-04-25 3:03
I appreciate very much this focus on some of the most interesting and appealing details of the antique complex. According to your note, this structure is an impressive technological achievement and the decorative details are significant and elegant too. A well planned presentation with fine colours and textures. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
imageme (1790) 2014-04-29 4:48
Hi Satya, Nice to show different perspectives of the temple with these collaged pictures so that viewers are able to have a closer look of its structure and texture. I like the craftsmanship and the colours. Lovely light with original look. Thank for sharing
Miguel82 (27648) 2014-06-07 19:21
Bravo Sathya, this is a superb collage, that place should be interesting to visit and have a patrimonial and historical value, all the best, greetings