I cherished the time spent simply gazing at the sheer poetry in stone while visiting the Hoysala temples of Belur and Halebid, the towns are home to magnificently carved temples.
Belur and Halebid are 17 km apart, and are often referred to in one breath, as belonging together.
These temples have become rich repositories of ancient Hindu culture, with several thousands of visitors from all over India and overseas coming to witness their intricate and distinctive architectural style. The temple at Belur is still functional but the Halebid temple, though open to the public, is no longer in use for devotional purposes.
Belur was once the capital of a powerful empire on the banks of River Yagachi. Belur's main temple, Chennakeshava (dedicated to Lord Krishna and set in a compound with several smaller temples and a pond), was commissioned by King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD to celebrate Hoysala military victories. It took over a hundred years to complete and its architecture is foreign to the prevailing Hoysala style of the 12th century – it is exceptionally large (about 100-ft high) and its decoration very lavish (with a magnificent gateway tower – gopuram) in Dravidian style. It is delicate in its filigree work, with the added attraction of bracketed figures of celestial dancers, called Madanikas and exclusive to Belur, and an innumerable variety of intricate pillars. Contrary to Indian tradition, these Hoysala sculptors signed their work at this temple.
The exteriors of the temple are adorned with horizontal friezes, sculptured in succession from the bottom. Stories from the Puranas, the Upanishads and other mythological sources have been executed in most exquisite and authentic detail, as have tales from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
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mesutilgim (90686) 2009-02-19 11:22
Very nice capture with good side light which creates a wonderfull 3D effect on the fascade of the temple.
Good pov and compo with nice usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
leo61 (0) 2009-02-19 11:37
Welcome back,hope you had a great time and I noticed you met Angshu.
What wonderful carvings at this temple.In Kerala where i stayed in january,nice temples are rare.
You had good light here and I like the composition with these two devotees leaving the temple.
Hope you have a good heating.......
yquem46 (38750) 2009-02-19 12:14
Quite a while that we did not have you on TE !
These people look like Jain. Are they ?
A dynamic and pleasant way to present some architecture
devimeuxbe (58557) 2009-02-19 13:37
This is an interesting picture, full of details and with a great light.
Wanda1 (15058) 2009-02-19 20:52
Incredible details here, it always amazes me how fine the work is and I always think how long it must have taken to create such beautiful masterpieces. Nice with the two men coming out of the doorway.
delkoo (68) 2009-02-20 1:25
Fine composition with great light and nice details.
Simple but with excellent quality.
ChrisJ (107129) 2009-02-20 4:11
A superb daily life scene from South India, with striking sharpness & contrast. The 2 men add scale. Good colour & textural relief on the stone sculptures. Tfs!
holmertz (47084) 2009-02-20 6:27
You have captured the two Brahmins stepping out of the temple just in time. The man to the left is perfectly positioned against the dark background. The temple façade is incredibly richly decorated and yet another reminder of the fabulous cultural heritage of India. The light seems to have been a bit tricky but you have handled it well. Only small parts of their white clothes are slightly overexposed.
I'm going to India again myself in just a few days and am really looking forward to it. But I will be far from Karnataka. I've chosen Assam this time and have no idea what it's going to be like.
Clementi (52514) 2009-02-20 7:22
unbelievable details in this shot, I like a lot the light that underlines the beautiful architecture, the inclusion of the people creates a mystical atmosphere.
riclopes (35577) 2009-02-20 23:37
it's good to see people included. It's great when people really belong to the place. The one on the left is even better, his silhouette framed by the entrance and standing out from the dark interior. Light and architecture doing the rest of the show.
KevRyan (22956) 2009-02-21 1:03
The light capture and your timing here are special Elaine - the stone detail is well portrayed and enlivened by the sun and shadows and such a great note - very interesting!
Angshu (56740) 2009-02-27 2:43
Belur & Halebeedu are amazing! I visited this place no less than 5 times, but all before my digital camera...so all I have are memories in my head & some snaps on print. For me, having seen most of the famous temples in India (from the architecture & richness perspective, not devotional), I rank these temples up there in my list. Good capture with the two priests coming out...the one on the left has a complete black BG
patdeph (35748) 2009-03-06 3:47
your last photos of India are each of them really beautiful!I have chosen this one,because I find this architecture absolutly wonderful,so well emphasized by a splendid play of light and shadows,and I love that you have wait for these men coming outside the temple!Truly splendid!
Edgar_Delacroix (557) 2009-03-17 11:04
Perfect lighting, and perfect timing. The composition is amazing.
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (14704)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-01-26
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D 200, Nikon 18-200mm VR, Digital RAW
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: India - for business and pleasure
- Theme(s): mon hommage à l'Inde [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-19 11:18