Three faced nandi at Hampi
This unique three-headed nandi is in the Virupaksha temple, Hampi, Karnataka. I have not seen such nandi anywhere else. The three faces are supposed to symbolize three kaalaas – the past, the present, and the future. Or do they represent the Trinity?
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Durga as Mahishasuramardini Ellora Cave 16 Inner wall near the entrance
Specially selected for women’s day.
At Salavankuppam,Mahabalipuram: https://stonestoriessite.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/mahishasuramardhini/
At Kanchipuram and Baijnath: More Mahishasura mardhinis
Ravana offering his heads
Cave 16 (Kailasa) at Ellora.
Ravana, a great devotee of Shiva is doing severe penance to get ‘Atma Linga’ from Shiva so that his mother Kaikeshi could pray. Not getting any response initially from Shiva, Ravana cuts off his heads one by one. When he was about to offer the last head, Shiva appears and concedes his request.
Ravana’s heads are supposed to represent his intimate knowledge of the six Shastras and the four Vedas.
Another belief is that the heads symbolize the ten senses and emotions viz. Kaama (lust) Krodha (anger) Moha (delusion) Lobha (greed) Mada (pride) Maatsarya (envy) Manas (the mind) Buddhi (intellect) Chitta (will), and Ahamkara (ego)
Other Ravana tales:
Ravana shaking Mount Kailash – Banteay Srei
Ravana trying to lift Kailash at Belur
Ravana at Halebidu
Earlier post on the same theme :https://stonestoriessite.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/ravana-lifting-mount-kailash/
Ravana lifting Mt.Kailash
This is the classic sculpture of Ravana lifting Mt Kailash at Ellora (Cave 16 -Kailash).I have been longing to see this iconic image for a long time. I have seen similar themes at Angkor Wat (Bantei Srei), Pattadakkal, Murudeshwar, etc.
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For the theme in Belur Halebid click here
The highly talked about, but the least understood feature at Lepakshi is the hanging pillar. the main mandap has 70 pillars. One of them is unique.It appears to hang from the top as it does not rest on the floor. One can draw a paper or a piece of cloth under the pillar. The science behind this architectural feature remains a mystery. A British official tried to study this column but only succeeded in dislodging it from the original, thus dangerously skewing the structure. Wisely, he abandoned any further invasive investigation.
|The hanging column of Lepakshi- an architectural mystery.
The pillar in Belur is also an architectural curiosity. It appears to be supported only on three sides. It is a stand-alone pillar and not part of a mandapam.
The murals of the roof of the Lepakshi temple is another remarkable feature of this 700 year old Vijayanagara temple. Some of the scenes are reproduced here.
|In Paravati’s dressing room. Note the six attendants have distinct hairdo and dresses.
|Royals and staff offering prayers