Shravanabelagola


Shravanabelagola, originally uploaded by amulya.

The last time i visited this place, I was 5 years old. I stood beside those massive feet and i think I just about came up to a little beyond the height of that foot. And I remember there were rats crawling around there.
Now 18 years later, the statue though massive at 58 feet, seems a little smaller than what my memory had made it out to be. I guess I have outgrown the toes now...

Today was a trip down memory lane, literally. I visited three places - Shravanabelagola, Belur and Halebid. The latter two have temples from the period of Hoysalas. Beautiful carvings, impressive enough to match the colosseum in Rome. Or perhaps more. each stone in the temple is carved. Some tell stories and some are mere depictions of god, dancers and artists. I find it marvelous that there are such beautiful and erotic and vicious carvings on temples. But then yes, at one point our ancestors were a lot more liberal and open minded.

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