Sunday, August 25, 2019

Mahabalipuram

This seems like a fairy tale - but this is a reality. Mahabalipuram exists - a legendary, ages-old city packed with seemingly improbable, ornate...

Atiranachanda Mandapam

Although the somewhat peripheral Atiranachanda Mandapam is overshadowed by many other famous stone cut temples of Mahabalipuram, it has several qualities making this rock-cut...

Gavi Gangadhareshwara

As if making monolithic rock-cut temples is not complex enough, ancient Indian architects and stone cutters outclassed themselves when making the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple...

Koneri Mandapam

One of the many cave temples in Mahabalipuram is Koneri Mandapam. The age of this temple is hard to guess. While several other rock-cut temples...

Buddhist temple of Aragada Hill

Northern slope of Aragada Hill is rich with Buddhist remnants - in fact hills in vicinities are honeycombed with caves of Buddhist arcetics. Aragada...

Gorakhgad hill fort

Small fort on the top of hill, well protected by steep cliffs, reaching the height of 655 m above the sea level. Named after...

Palayoor Church of St. Thomas

The story of Palayoor Church of St. Thomas is perplexed and, to be frank, deals more with emotions than facts. According to millions of...

Irshalgad needle hole

Natural arch formed in the basalt of Irshalgad Hill, in the lower, middle part of the summit. Summit of hill in medieval times was...

Dharmaraja Mandapa, Mahabalipuram

The simple, even ascetic Dharmaraja Mandapa is somewhat less noticed rock-cut temple in Mahabalipuram. This temple is located near the Olakkannesvara Temple and an interesting,...

Gorakhgad Caves

Gorakhnath Cave Temple is located in a deep cave on the southern slope of Gorakhgad Hill - it is large enough to take some...