July 3, 2008

Khajuraho, Masterwork of Craftsmanship

Adinath Temple of the Southern Group of Temples



A temple of the Western Group of Temples

28 comments:

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

A truly exemplary architectural feat!To think how limited the resources were then.

Guess we are all too dependent on technology! :P

Raven said...

The depth and intricacy of the detail in these buildings is almost incomprehensible. All the more awesome because the carry the weight and energy of so much time and history.

Cuckoo said...

Never been, was waiting for you to take me there. ;)

The craftmanship, intricacies of this place always amaze me.

Waiting for more.

M.Kate said...

I love this Celine, reminded me of Cambodia, but I guess it's the same because the rulers of Cambodia were from India and Hindu carvings were everywhere, but this is awesome. Happy weekend :)

indicaspecies said...

Sameera,

Indeed. Every spiral superstructure is a splendid specimen of the architectural supremacy and to think that it was built in the tenth century..!

indicaspecies said...

Raven,

Truly, this art of the antiquity is enigmatic and beyond understanding. Unsurpassed achievement in sculpture work!!

indicaspecies said...

Cuckoo,

Hey, pleasure is mine.

You have to go there. Nothing like seeing it all to believe it. Am presently writing a post on these temples. With more pictures, shall be published shortly.

indicaspecies said...

Kate,

It is indeed awesome. And oh regarding Cambodia, it's a shame that I reached Phnom-Penh, but couldn't make it to Angkor Wat because of pressing reasons. I intend to make another trip though. Have a great weekend.

Merisi said...

Leaves me speechless,
so much beauty, so much dedication,
I cannot even begin to imagine how much work and time this must have taken, let alone the skill!

indicaspecies said...

Merisi,

These are photographs of just TWO out of the TWENTY FIVE remaining ones of the total of EIGHTY FIVE or so that were built in the medieval times!

I was, in fact still am, in awe at what I saw in Khajuraho. As I'm writing a post on it now, I do not even find the apt words to describe the whole experience.

Indrani said...

Great shots! So more closeups in next post?

GMG said...

Hi Celine!
Congratulations on the awards!
Beautiful temples - a masterwork! I wonder what would have been the view of all those eighty five temples then existing!
Thanks for your comment on Blogtrotter!
Wish you a wonderful week ahead!

Nomadic Matt said...

wow! There is some exquiste detail on the reliefs....where is this exactly?

Mridula said...

Lovely pictures, never been that way till date.

Priyank said...

Khajuraho :) Can't wait to see the "details"... lol

Zhu said...

This is just amazing! I spent ten minutes squinting at the pictures and trying to make out all the details.

What a beautiful building!

AJEYA RAO said...

Wow! Very nice. Looks like it is well maintained also.

indicaspecies said...

Indrani,

Thank you.
I've just put up another post and more pictures. More close-ups, hopefully, in subsequent posts if I get around to writing more.

indicaspecies said...

Gil,

I wonder too and like to imagine the scenery of the 85 temples in those grounds!!

Thank you for your wishes, and I hope you have a not too hectic week there.

indicaspecies said...

Matt,

The temple town of Khajuraho.

It is in the Central State of Madhya Pradesh. Do NOT give it a miss if ever you reach India!

indicaspecies said...

Mridula,

Thank you. I hope you get a chance to reach there.

indicaspecies said...

Priyank,

May I know what "details" you are referring to? haha!!

"Someday, I wish to write my thoughts on those ..." and then I'll post more pictures. ;)

indicaspecies said...

Zhu,

Thank you for your comment. It indeed is beautiful, amazing and more!

I shall put up more close-ups in due course. Better still, do plan a trip to Khajuraho, it's worth it.:)

indicaspecies said...

Ajeya,

Yes, these are some of the treasures well maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Aaarti said...

Wowww.. am blown away by the kind of work on these temples....Lovely~~~

came over from Backpackker's blog~:)

Anirudh said...

lubly article cellu :)

Charles Gramlich said...

What incredible detail on these temples. Beautiful pictures. I did not know the word until now, but thanks for educating me.

indicaspecies said...

Aaarti,
Anirudh,
Charles,

Thank you for your visit and your nice words. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the post. Introducing Khajuraho to you is my pleasure.:)

[Had originally replied to you all in my post following this.]