The above shot is a typical scene, where pilgrims try to get 'parrot predictions' from roadside fortune teller! The trained parrot picks up a card, based on which the fortune teller gives predictions! Contrast to this, here is an old lady making her living...
The granny in the above shot reflects old tradition, where widows don't wear blouses!
|Selling baby cucumbers by the roadside...|
|Cobbler waiting for business - Shadow Shot Sunday 2 and SOOC|
Yet another perspective that shows how people relax during a hard day...
|Communication revolution even in remote village!|
|Photo Theme Thursday, Nature Notes and Weekend Reflections|
|Shadow Shot Sunday 2|
That was a terribly hot day, we were attracted only by the the Cowboy Town, as they had a night show.
When we purchased the tickets, we were asked to hurry up as the show was about to start! With great expectations we entered the carnival grounds. However, our spirits were dampened when we realized that it was nothing more than a typical village fire-eater gimmick:p
Anyhow, here are some of the shots that I think is worth sharing...
Well, to justify the hefty entrance fee, the show was presented with a lot of fanfare like animal march, dancing clowns etc. But, I had already lost interest in capturing those mundane activities^^ Well, no regrets as our children had fun at the carnival games like mini merry-go-round and Trampoline Bungee jumping. Overall it was a memorable holiday!
Well, no regrets as our children had fun at the carnival games like mini merry-go-round and Trampoline Bungee jumping. Overall it was a memorable holiday!
Each step that I took in the Periya Koil was nostalgic and I was imagining the days when the temple was built. Kalki’s description of Chola artisans came alive and I had goose bumps just by wondering how Raja Raja managed to design this architectural wonder, in those days! It must have been a herculean task. With capable leadership, strong design skill and raw man power, Raja Raja had managed to build an architectural wonder! It felt so good to walk on the same path of the 10th Century CE legendary ruler!
|The Maratha Fort Entrance and Keralanthakan Gopura (tower)|
The gopura (tower) you see in the above picture was built in the 10th century CE to commemorate the victory of Raja Raja Chola over the Kerala rulers of the Chera Dynasty! However, the Maratha rulers of the 16th/17th Century CE, added the fort that is shown in the foreground of the above shot.
|Layout of the temple and the inscription briefing about the temple|
This has been declared as World Heritage site by UNESCO, but locally it is yet to gain the due recognition:(
|2nd entrance - Raja Rajan Gopuram|
|Sculptures and inscriptions in the Raja Rajan Gopuram|
No words to describe the beauty, and am sure my pics do not justify the grandeur of the granite carvings!
|The majestic courtyard with huge Nandhi Mandapam and renowned granite Raja Gopuram (Main Tower) in the background|
Before, going into the main temple, you will be awed by the larger than life Nandhi. This will be covered in a separate post.
Lord Siva resides in this temple in the name of Brihadisvara or Peruvudayar. Like any living temple, cameras are not allowed in sanctum sanctorum.
|The dome is a single granite weighing around 81 tonnes!|
This tower is built in such a way that the shadow NEVER falls on the ground! Just can't guess how Raja Raja managed to design this architectural wonder, in those days!!!
Let me show you some beautiful sculptures in the external walls...
|Goddess - Sakthi on the left and Vishnu Durga on your right|
|Gate Keeper! - SOOC|
Even the less visible side walls are adorned with sculptures and stone inscriptions. In fact, these inscriptions are a treasure trove that details the life in Chola period.
Here is the abode of Murga, son of Lord Siva
Each step that I took in the temple was nostalgic and I was imagining the days when the temple was built. It felt so good to walk on the same path of the 10th Century CE legendary ruler!
For the past few days, I was not myself, sort of restless and fidgety. To clear the cobwebs, today I drove by this stretch and stopped by this spot...sat on a small rock...after listening to the gentle rustle of the waves, I felt much better!
|Near Malacca Club|
Though I enjoy going to the beach alone, it becomes an exhilarating experience if I make it with a good company. The next shots were taken while playing tourist with a good friend, with whom I could relate to!
|Jetty @ Portuguese Settlement|
|View of Pulau Besar|
With little imagination, you could certainly see a sleeping pregnant lady with her head on your right! This island is legendary and has historical cemeteries which is believed to be powerful. Hoping to visit soon.