54km from Kota is the temple town of Badoli, where, in the Archaeological Survey of India enclosure under an enchanting copse of kadam, mango, jamun & peepal trees is a complex of temples, indicating a past Hindu religious site in a forest. The temples are dated between the 9th and the 12th centuries and the eight big and small temples show a varied degree of preservation, decay and destruction. But what is remarkable about these temples is that they were left largely untouched by the Afghan invaders and still stand in marvellous dignity.
The Badoli temples are not very large ones, & these temples were not designed for hordes of worshippers, and their size makes it apparent that their use was restricted mainly to holy men and local believers, with the royalty dropping by once in a while. Built from stone, all temples here have detailed carvings in pillars, ceilings and roofs.
The main shrine is dedicated to Shiva as Ghateshwara which you can see in the centre. The complex has some ruins strewn around and many images show signs of defacement. Some of the sculptures from these temples are now in the Government Museum at Kota. Some pillars & columns, sculpted with apsaras (heavenly nymphs) and celestial beauties, which once adorned the temples lie in the small garden, is various states of neglect, some lying down, some standing, for renovation & cleaning. I used one such column for the FG in this picture.
Badoli is not exactly a destination in the popular touristic circuit, but is definitely worth a visit.
Critiques | Translate
npecanhuk (75476) 2009-07-07 2:38
The temples and the statue are quite interesting, exotical and beautiful! Your pictures is very attractive with excellent pov, composition, sharpness, exposure, colors and depth of field!
TFS - congratulations!
feather (51130) 2009-07-07 3:07
I was having a quick browse of my favourites' photos gallery when I got up this morning and noted a desert scene from you, among the thumbnails. Now I come to leave a critique and it's gone to be replaced by architecture (your first love?)
The composition is excellent with the column complete with aspara used to frame the temples. The column just misses perfect focus, although f11 made it fairly sharp. Without a tripod a wider DOF was probably not possible, but just focusing slightly closer and then re-composing may have done the trick. The detail on the temples is perfect with all the intricate carving shown to good advantage. The lady walking into the scene is well placed and also serves to give some idea of scale.
mkgoyal2004 (837) 2009-07-07 3:27
Hi Angshuman Ji,
I have heard about this temple and planning to go this place in next Jan./Feb. I have seen some photos of this temple, but there is no parity with your photo. Your most of the photos are superb and give inspiration to me to improve my photography also.
One thing I wants to know, how can I take more sharp photos at the time of click? Either you enhance the sharpness in the photoshop or you take photos so sharp to set the shutter speed and exposure?
In critiques I have seen your comments. Thanks for that. I have never planned the uploaded photographs by area. Now I will try to represent all the states, which I have covered till now. Only 3 states (Tripura, Mizoram and Jharkhand) I have not yet covered. In Sep. this year I am going to HP.
Hope we will meet soon.
bukitgolfb301 (41872) 2009-07-07 4:15
Hello my dear Prof. Angshuman
This is a splendid considerate photo indeed .
Very nice framework, color coordination, clear and sharp pan-focus.
Congratulation on your great job !
Thanks for your sharing and best regards,
Bartleby (13552) 2009-07-07 4:59
nice composition. Exposure must have been tough though considering your foreground apsara is in the shadow. You managed that quite well. The addition of the lady in pink adds some sense of scale. I like that.
sandpiper (6788) 2009-07-07 5:12
Excellent composition of this fine looking temple complex. Sometimes ruins in various state of decay are more interesting than fully retored ones.
asajernigan (21427) 2009-07-07 5:56
Excellent composition here with the inclusion of the statue on the right seeming to point to the other buildings. The angle of the shot works well giving the scene nice depth and direction. The lighting and colors are fine with excellent sharpness and DOF.
avene (12675) 2009-07-07 10:48
withouth the person walking into the frame the photo would be only half as good, as far as I'm concerned. the sense of scale and of movement against the ancient structures, the colour accent, she brings it all :) I also like how you have composed the scene, the sculpture in the foreground (is it a bit soft?) works well as a natural frame.
dareco (17134) 2009-07-07 22:01
Superb colors and detail and a very interesting picture and note. TFS
aadilj (18102) 2009-07-07 22:11
This is crisp Angshuman and very well compsoed with the stones almost coming alive. I love the heus and the way this shot has been framed and captured
ghilain (1714) 2009-07-07 23:45
Nice composition of Badoli. I don't know this temple town , but it's very beaytiful!
Thanks for this excellent shot!
papagolf21 (102064) 2009-07-08 1:28
Bonjour, mon ami Angshu,
Des images toujours très plaisantes à contempler. Les notes d'accompagnement permettent de mieux comprendre le sujet.
Encore une merveilleuse image.
dip (23888) 2009-07-08 1:57
beautiful and interesting architectural details,
good framing and placement of the statue in the foreground,
pierrefonds (66500) 2009-07-08 4:43
The presence of the person has an effect of scale. The point of view is showing the fine details and colors of the architecture of the temples. The trees and the bushers are framing well the temples. The early afternoon light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
jafadabret (56501) 2009-07-08 8:25
Cette photo est très bien composée avec la statue en premier plan qui ouvre la vue sur les temples. La personne qui passe donne l'échelle et le mouvement.
Bien fait !
danos (97885) 2009-07-08 12:50
one more perfect sample of Indian temples that the one of them is dedicated to Shiva.I like the exotic beauty of the region as your informative note.Excellent the brilliant light and the vivid colours of the scene.Well done.
Graal (102896) 2009-07-08 23:33
an interesting old architecture of temple, nice details and sculpture. Good note. Well photojob. I like it.
bakes888 (18499) 2009-07-09 2:41
Hi Angshu. I guess its quite nice not to be shoulder to shoulder with loads of tourists ;-). Great photo, well balanced composition with good depth. Good to see the local in the scene too. Thanks for sharing.
Bluejeans (64251) 2009-07-09 5:30
Ola Angshuman ,
Beleza de templos tem uma arquitectura linda com belos detalhes, boa inclusão desta estátua em primeiro plano , a mulher dá uma noção de escala, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-07-09 5:43
Fine perspective of the Nymph of Badoli. Well framed, I like to sse the statue on right side and the woman walking.
Beautiful colours and details
marietom (34609) 2009-07-09 10:58
jolie composition, avec cette personne que l'on aperçoit derrière la statue.
patdeph (35748) 2009-07-10 2:53
I like very much when there is a mix of people and architecture,when this is like here,just one woman bringing a superb touch of color with her sari in this splendid temple!This is very well framed too,I like the use of the statue as foreground,showing with its arm the kind of towrs of the background!Superb!
emjleclercq (15780) 2009-07-13 12:58
Nice composition with this very female statue on the foreground (it would be hard to mistake her for a male character), and these very fine temples in the background.
All the best,
karthikcs (271) 2009-07-13 21:44
Good capture and superb notes. Nice POV and TFS
Kielia (24077) 2009-07-14 11:49
what I like here is the great perspective! A very cleverly composed impression of the beautiful statue and the magnificent temples. The light is very beautiful and emphasizing the atmosphere of dignity. I also enjoyed reading your interesting note. My compliments!
InasiaJones (31566) 2009-07-20 2:27
I like the contrast between the voluptuous stone diva and the lday walking in the garden, looking so small, thanks to a clever use of wide angle for dramatic perspective.
Saturated colours and positive vibration!
pablominto (53746) 2009-07-23 23:09
Interesting details in the ancient architecture and sculpture!
The fine light renders rich colours, and i appreciate inclusion of the lady as she adds life and some scaling...
A balanced composition with good depth!
axiotea (21651) 2009-07-24 3:23
A fine pov and a suitable framing to introduce us the Nymph of Badoli, here well positioned, leaving room to the temples... You handled well the strong light and had a good timed captured on the lady appearing next to the statue. Great blue sky as well!
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2009-08-03 2:16
Hi Angshuman, a nice capture. Balance of tone is perfect. DOF is fantastic. The temple is also a gorgeous one. You have composed the temples in a very good manner. Excellent...Thanks for sharing.
HimalAnda (10667) 2009-10-13 10:04
I like the way you composed this picture : the statue on the foreground brings a lot of depth to the photo and its right arm seems to show us the temple.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56758)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-10-30
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Canon 18 - 55mm / f 3.5 - 5.6, RAW, Hoya 58mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Rajasthan, The Circuit Lesser Known
- Date Submitted: 2009-07-07 1:25