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Lens View : Temples

India, especially southern part of India are famous for temple architectures. Few worthy to be mentioned are Hoysala architecture, Chola architecture, Chalukya Architecture

Each of these temples portrayed their strength, skill and propagated Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavatha or any mythological stories in their sculptures.

Whenever you see a Lion like this, that temple is constructed by Hoysalas. This is the Emblem of Hoysalas. This is “Sala” slaying a lion. “Sala” is believed to be founder of Hoysalas.

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Hoysala architecture generally depicts Elephants on the first row, Lions above them and Horses above the Lions.

At the base of the outer walls are friezes of charging elephants (six hundred and fifty of them) which symbolize stability and strength. Above them are lions which symbolize courage. Further above them are horses which symbolize speed.

Elephants from the corner of the Halebidu temple , they stand as base Row

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Row of Lions standing above elephants, Halebidu, Hoysala Architecture

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3 Replies to “Lens View : Temples

  1. Nice Photos Radhika. Temple Architectures are always fascinating for their Geometry and Symmetry. Makes us wonder how they achieved the perfection in those days without the “so called” sophisticated tools/computers of today !

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