June 19, 2011

Caption This

Here's this weeks photo, I invite you all to add your captions/quotes to this image
This photo was shot in backwaters of Alleppy from a moving boat.
My caption is "Gossiping"

Last "Caption This" post’s photo was shot in Munnar, Kerala, near Mattupetty Dam, this place is know to be frequented by wild elephants and we were lucky enough sight a herd. It was pretty interesting to watch how this youngster was watching and repeating what his/her mother was doing, it seemed like a training session for this youngster.

Here are some of your comments..

The First Lecture.. Sandeep.K.B (My Favorite)
"Son, always remember to look right and left before crossing the greens." - One
The end. – Pat
"Me and Mini-Me" Anna I like this one too :)
"Um Honey, does this grass make Mommy's butt look big?" Kim
"i don't understand why the girls at work keep putting "wide load" signs on my rear! they know I'm sensitive about my weight" - tracy

June 13, 2011

Stone Chariot, Hampi

Stone Chariot, an iconic structure of Vijayanagara Empire is located in Vijaya Vittala Temple complex at Hampi, it dates back to 15th century. This in fact is a shrine built in the form of a temple chariot. Temple chariots are often mobile reproductions of a temple the stone chariot here is in turn a static version of the mobile temple chariot. An image of Garuda (The Eagle, vehicle of lord Vishnu according to Hindu mythology) was originally enshrined within its sanctum.

Even though it appears as a monolithic structure, in reality its built with many giant granite blocks. The joints are hidden in the carvings and other decorative features that adorn the chariot. The chariot is built on a rectangular platform and mythical battle scenes are carved all around this platform.  Chariots stone wheels mimics the real life wheels with shaft and breaks and are capable of revolving, this represents the creativity of the 15th century artists of Vijayanagara Empire.
In front of the chariot two elephants are positioned as if they are pulling the chariot. It is said that these elephants where brought from elsewhere and positioned here at a later stage. Originally two horses were carved in that position. The tail and the rear legs of the horses can be still seen just behind these elephant sculptures. A small stone ladder which once gave access to the inner sanctum can be still seen between two elephant structures.

June 2, 2011