Built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola in Thanjavur, Brihadishwara Temple turned 1000 years old in 2010.
It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and a brilliant example of the major heights achieved by Cholas in Tamil architecture. The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Great Living Chola Temples". It is a picture of the entrance gate of the temple. There is a white face elephant standing there to give blessings to the visitors. White face elephants are believed to be holy animals, symbol of power, strenght, luck and prosperity.
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jmdias (50405) 2012-06-15 7:36
very nice view, the elephant looks part of the carvings of this temple. marvelous details of the daily life and good pov.maybe a vertical format would catch the big carvings at right too.anyway a nice job.
eldancer1 (23174) 2012-06-15 7:38
Awesome capture of this scene! Nice little peek of the tower through the gate. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
maria-v1981 (10420) 2012-06-15 8:31
This kind of shot impressive me pleasant. All this people which is very usual to see an elephant and the temple with this architecture details are stunning.
Enjoy the WE,
Christian1986 (0) 2012-06-15 9:13
Good photo from Brihadishwara Temple my friend but photo seems cuted.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-06-15 10:59
These are called the temple elephants and they are next to God. It is very important for Hindus to get blessings from the elephant. Nice image with colors.
PecoBud (3824) 2012-06-15 18:30
Highly technical presentation here Miguel, and with excellent clarity and depth with people as far back as you can see inside the temple. Beautiful Temple captured perfectly showing traditional culture and daily life. Colors and light management is pleasant to view and looks natural which is very important in this kind of presentation with long history. Your POV might have been heighten by showing vertical format with tops of the temple in view, but I find this photo perfect and have learned and seen things in this photo I have not known before. Your POV makes one feel as if they are next to be blessed by the holy white faced elephant, before entering the Temple. Great job here Miguel!!
TFS.........Your Friend from California.......Buddy
gus72 (3719) 2012-06-15 20:36
Hi Miguel !!
Lovely image of everyday life with the Bonus of a real life Elephant.
It would be interesting to know your impressions of the temple inside.
Have a nice week end.
Cheers from Moss Vale
bayno (18340) 2012-06-16 1:15
in South India are the most beautiful temples, great shot, nice framing and sharp and pleasing colors...
have a good WE...
mirosu (10942) 2012-06-16 2:16
Hi Miguel, this is a very lively and colorful photo. There is a great use of depth of field allowing to see the BG tempelwith all nice details. The elephant is an excellent focal point of this image. Well done.
p.s. Miguel if you take my small advise, try to crop a bit the left side (to remove a part of the blue dress) and clone (remove) the green drum at the right side. Both are, IMO, a bit distracting.
mohammad_H (8168) 2012-06-16 6:48
منظره شگفت انگیز
مدیریت در نور
روز خوب با سلامتی برای شما
Management in the light
A good day for your health
anokutan (15097) 2012-06-16 9:30
Great shot, nice framing and sharp and pleasing colors.
ChrisJ (93442) 2012-06-19 3:23
It would have been ideal to get a lower shooting angle and a bit more to the left to get the top of the bg temple perfectly framed by the fg arch, but this is still pretty good as is. Excellent inclusion of the elephant in this superb daily life scene from India. Merci!
ikeharel (48491) 2012-06-19 3:28
The mighty Elepahnt had become the major subject here, Miguel, and the shrine as background.
Most impressive animal, catching the most of pic.'s space , and yet seeing good part of details from the beautiful carving on the edifice.
ourania (22900) 2012-06-22 9:49
a lovely and impressive picture combining a view of the sacred place with an interesting daily scene (for me very exotic and fascinating). Sharpness and capture of textures are superb, depth is great. I like very much the sense of movement to and from the arch, and the young man talking with his friends from atop the patient elephant. Well done and thank you!
All the best, have a good evening and weekend,
Indrasish (2551) 2013-08-16 20:17
Excellent composition.. Wonderful shot.. I know this place and temple well.. Thanks for sharing this one.. Superb image quality too.. Very well done..
Good morning and wish you all the best..
nikkitta (11230) 2013-08-23 14:08
Interesting way to show the temple, with the elephant at the FG, informative note about them
Scene full of movement and life
pajaran (45627) 2014-01-29 0:35
Intertesantan tekst o starom hramu ...
Lep pogled na slona i deo hrama ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Intertesantan text of the old temple ...
Nice view of the elephant, and part of the temple ...
Good footage and contrast nicely shown the place and moment, beautiful colors.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.