December 7, 2010

Chandragiri Hill Temple



This huge, beautiful Jain temple is built on Chandragiri hill at Shravanabelagola and dates back to 3rd Century BC.  Chavundaraya basadi (red arrow), Chandragupta Basadi (square complex before the pillar), was built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd Century BC and is dedicated to Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.  The pillar is called Mahasthambha (great pillar).  Chandragiri also has memorials to numerous monks who have meditated here since the 5th century AD.

Did you notice group of people in the bottom right corner of the image, see how tiny they look, this should give you an idea of the scale of this temple.

21 comments:

  1. That is so awesome! And what a fantastic capture! I do so love the incredible history of your country, Sam. Through blogging I have made so very many friends in India and I've come to love and admire its people as well as its history. Thank you! Have a wonderful day and a great week!

    Sylvia

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  2. Thanks Sylvia, you have a great week too :)

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  3. Sam,
    Nice picture
    :)
    Loved the coconut groove behind the temple

    BHupesh

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  4. Breathtaking capture, this is amazing. I know so little about your country and it is always interesting to visit your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. A fabulous shot of the amazing structure shot from a height. And I can see numerous coconut trees in the background.

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  6. Good and interesting shot! Wishing you also a great week.

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  7. The temple is very impressive and the photograph is great. Interesting post.

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  8. wow, truly impressive! And, look at all those palm trees...love it!

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  9. Wonderful photo. Interesting history. I wish to thank you for sharing this photo with us.

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  10. Impressive! Great shot! Happy WW!

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  11. @ Bhupesh
    Thanks pal, ya it looks amazing... it stretches far beyond what you can see here

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  12. @ Randi
    Thanks Randi, I'm glad you find my blog interesting

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  13. @ indicaspecies
    Thanks

    @ Birgitta
    Thanks

    @ The Chair Speaks
    Thanks

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  14. @ Carolyn Ford
    Thanks, its a coconut grove what is seen behind the temple

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  15. @ Gwendolyn L
    Thanks

    @ And Miles To Go..
    Thanks Bridget,

    @ Danielle
    Thanks, Happy WW to yo too :)

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  16. What complex architecture. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I hope you are havin a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  17. What a lovely photo. Hard to believe it is as old as it is. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

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