Shore temple; Mahabalipuram

It is not just the temple, not just the architecture; It is the location, it is the background  music of the tide hitting the rocks, it is the breeze which lifts the spirit, it is the  view of  deep blue water merging with sky at some distant point which make you fall in love with the temple. The shore temple, Mahabalipuram is part of monuments which were recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site.

Shore temple
temple Late afternoon
Me at shore temple. This was in the compound garden outside the temple complex.
Me at shore temple. This was in the compound garden outside the temple complex.
He at the temple, Inside the compound. The one behind had Shiva and the one showing has Vishnu
He at the temple, Inside the compound. The one behind had Shiva and the one showing has Vishnu

This temple was probably used as a landmark for navigation for ships.  I do not want to go into too much  details  of history or  architecture as you can simply find them in Wiki. This is a  three temple complex located on the shore of Bay of Benagal  in Mahabalipuram, making it the shore temple. This shore temple  was built by  Pallava dynasty in 8th century AD.  A pair of temples were on the same platform. The one facing east is the temple of Shiva and behind there is temple of Reclining Vishnu. The temples are pyramidal in shape. Other interesting things are the miniature shrine in the complex and the Monolithic lion. There were numerous Nandi statues on the compound wall.  You don’t need much time to visit the temple but you can enjoy sitting on the rocks behind the temple overlooking sea.

Temple of Lord Shiva
Temple of Lord Shiva

Shore temple

Vishnu in reclining pose which is very uncommon to find in temples.
Vishnu in reclining pose which is very uncommon to find in temples.

You can also spend some time in the beach, but you need to walk a long way to reach the beach which is actually lying next to the temple as they blocked the  direct gates from temple to the beach.

Shore templeMonolithic lion

Nandiiii
Nandiiii

Shore templeShore temple

The beach had a small shopping area where you can buy some hand made sea shell things. In beach you can enjoy raw mangoes cut and sprinkled with chilli powder and salt, go on a horse ride or just enjoy a bath.

Mahabalipuram hosts dance festivals every year at this temple . There was one when we went but we had to go back to Pondicherry by evening. This  shore temple along with other monuments makes Mahabalipuram an awesome place to visit.

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Gangaikonda cholapuram: Photo essaay on an ancient and amazing temple.

Gangaikonda cholapuram is an ancient Chola temple located in Tamilnadu which has been recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site as a group of  “Great living Chola temples” . To know more about it, read my article in Safari plus here.

Magnificient temple which catches your eye from the distance.
Tall and heavy sculpture at the entrance
Tall and heavy sculpture at the entrance
The grand Nandi statue
The grand Nandi statue
185ft Vimana
185ft Vimana

Gangaikonda cholapuram

Me eating, see how small I look with the statue behind
Me eating, see how small I look with the statue behind
Sculpture with very intricate craft work
Sculpture with very intricate craft work

Gangaikonda cholapuramentrance from the side

Unknown inscriptions
Unknown inscriptions
Small shrine on side
Small shrine on side
Mandapa on one side
Mandapa on one side

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Excavated sulptures
Excavated sculptures

Gangaikonda Cholapuram

From behind
From behind
Gnana Saraswathi Devi
Gnana Saraswathi Devi

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9 Places to visit in Goa other than beaches

Hi friends !!!!

It has been more than 10 days since the last post . I have an awful flu , nearly broke my finger and overall stresssed out. I am admitted in the same hospital where i work . Still on bed but determined to complete this post now.

Goa is the term used synonymous with the word Beach . I know many friends have visited Goa multiple times ,but never went anywhere other than beaches . There are some interesting places in Goa which you can write down in a list for your next Goa visit.

1.Fort Aguada

fort aguada

Situated in North Goa ,It is a fort cum lighthouse now divided into 2 parts as Jail. Read the full article about it here .

 

2.FORT tiracol

tiracol fort

It is located at the mouth of Tiracol river 42 km north of Panaji .Built originally by Marathas ,it was later invaded by Portuguese. It had a chance to witness civil wars,revolts and freedom fight. I had some exciting and exhausting experience with Tiracol fort. Read the complete article here .

3.VAGATOR FORT.

vagator fort

our photo at vagator beach

Truly speaking there is hardly any fort . In a place where the fort is supposed to  be located there was only a wall on a hilltop.

. The place is shown in many films ( the one i can recall is the ending scene of ‘ Dil Chahtha Hai’ ) . It offers a good panoramic view but the burden we took was not worth it. Walking up there is like trekking and walking down is super scary where you have small stones slipping under your feet and make you struggle to even stand . I walked down holding my sandals in hands.

 

4.Basilica of bom jesus

basilica of bom jesus

basilica of bom jesus

With the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier ,Basilica of bom jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site . It is open for public every day and once every 10 years , in December ,the body of St.Xavier is exhibited for public . The event attracts devotees from around the world . The structure of the church is a typical example of baroque architecture in India . Many paintings ( showing life of St.Xavier) and some amazing murals. There is a Bom Jesus Basilica Art Gallery which has paintings of the artist Dom Martin.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

I look awful here

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

This is just located  opposite to the ‘Basilica of bom jesus ‘ . Compared t the former it is more peaceful and less crowd y .

It has an archaeological museum at hand . the interior of the church holds few floral frescoes . There is also a statue of  Our Lady of Miracles Jaffnapatao .( google her , she has some interesting miracles in her story ).

6.Shri Shantadurga Temple

Shri Shantadurga Temple

Shri Shantadurga Temple

 

It is located about 30 km from Panjim. The temple is said to be the richest temple of Goa state . This and the mangueshi temple are the only two temples i know to allow women with short dresses into the vicinity . It has a golden idol of the ‘Devi Shantha durga’  .

 

7.Shri Mangueshi temple.

Shri Mangueshi temple.

 

Located 21 kms from Panjim this temple has Bhagavan Manguesh who is an avtar of Lord Shiva .  The ancestors of legendary ‘Latha Mangeshker ‘ were from this place . I liked this temple till the time i had a chance to visit the temple’s washrooms .I still get some nauseating feel recalling them.

8.Dona paula

dona paula

The place is located at Panjim .Goa. The place was named after the woman called Dona Paula de Menezes. It has very interesting romantic and scary stories surrounding it .  Search for the story , everyone has one special story. Funny thing is our tour guide invented a modern Romeo -Juliet kind of story with two lovers called Dona and Paula . He showed a white washed statue  ( by by Baroness Yrse Von Leistner) and said it was the picture of Dona and Paula . I believe this story he created as the film Ek Duuje Ke Liye was shot here.

9.Casinos :

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I personally dislike casinos very much but i know some people find the places very enjoyable . It is said that each casino there pays about 80-100 crore of income tax . I really wonder about the total income and the share of black money in it.

There are many more interesting places but i stop my list here.

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