August 13, 2009

SWF: Stupas

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Stupas are dome-shaped monuments, used to house Buddhist relics or to commemorate significant facts of Buddhism.

The architecture of the stupa is supposed to reflect the five elements of earth, air, fire, water, and wisdom.

Stupas may be simple bell-shaped mounds, more elaborate structures, or ornate, multiple shrines. Symbolism varies from area to area, with similar elements taking on different meanings. Here are pictures of the sky shot in Coorg, Karnataka, India, with some stupas in the foreground.


21 comments:

Photo Cache said...

Fabulous images. BTW, you miskeyed your link @ skywatch page. Instead of dot com, you put comma com. Just so you know.

Happy weekend.

Texas Travelers said...

Love the photos and culture. I was reading the Egypt post also, which I like.

Thanks for the visit,
Troy and Martha

Dewdrop said...

Gorgeous! How ornate.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Amazing photos!

Thanks for your visiting on my blog. The first photo (header photo) is cedars and the 2# photo, (road pic) is eucaliptus.

J Bar said...

Very interesting. I've never seen anything like this before.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

nonizamboni said...

I remember studying about stupas in art history. But your photos are so much for interesting and beautiful.

LV said...

I love Sky Watch Friday as you can see so many interesting things that I will never be able to see. I feel like I am on a trip around the world.

Dimple said...

Okay, this may be WAY out, but stupa--steeple. They sound very much alike.
Interesting photos, I have never seen stupas before.

Tara R. said...

Those monuments are beautiful. Wonderful set for skywatch.

VioletSky said...

I'd not heard of these before. Very interesting. And they look so clean and beautiful against the sky.

SandyCarlson said...

These are interesting. They make me stop and think of what is sacred. Thanks.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. I have never seen this place before n Coorg. May be next time.

Deborah Godin said...

Loved seeing this bit of architeture and reading about it!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Celine: Those are beautiful towers into the cloudy blue sky.

Diane AZ said...

I had never seen stupas before. They are fascinating and you captured them beautifully!

Mridula said...

Beautiful pictures Celine. How was Egypt?

shooting star said...

nice images...stupas in coorg!!..wow!!!

Sharodindu said...

Great photographs with nice lines...great composition.
Liked the post very much!
Thanks for sharing...
:)

Louise said...

Wow! These are spectacular!

Jeevan said...

Beautiful monuments with pretty sky background. Nice place to visit!

workhard said...

Lovely pics...


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