Photographer's Note

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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  • Copyright: Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 2 N: 690] (4414)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-04-19
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-04-24 1:52
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