Tuesday Photo Challenge – Radiant

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Kanchipuram – Kailasanathar Temple – P7

You guys don’t believe me, I have covered only 40 % of the sculptures. If I would need to cover the entire sculpture, I m sure another 10 more posts also will not be enough as this temple has such a detail and every sculpture is unique and has a message on it. I would think when you guys visit this temple, you would get to know the beauty and history behind every sculpture. With this post, I m concluding the Kailasanathar Temple post and will come back with the next temple with information and pictures. Thank you all for your time !!!!!!!!!!

 

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Kanchipuram – Kailasanathar Temple – P6

Plenty of History being left out and the history drafted in previous posts are referenced from online portals. 

Sculptures –

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Will be concluding in next !!!!!!!!

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Kanchipuram – Kailasanathar Temple – P5

History of Temple –

The temple has gone by other names such as Kachipettu Periya Thirukatrali (meaning: Stone Temple of Kachipettu, the old name for the present day Kanchipuram) when Rajaraja Chola I of the Chola Dynasty paid a visit to this temple. Inspired by the architecture of this temple, he built the Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur. Currently, Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.

Architecture of Temple –

The temple draws some influence from other styles developed by Chola Dynastya and Vijayanagara Emperors, while still holding their core Pallava architecture in its original style. The entire temple is made of stone, but it is not like the rock-cut architecture built into hallowed caves or carved into rock outcrops like Mahabalipuram. On the left is the gopuram, while on the right is the temple complex. The foundations are made of granite, and it holds the temple, while the superstructure, which includes the carvings, are made of sandstone. When it was created, only the main sanctuary used to exist with pyramidal vimana and a detached mandapa.

The temple has garbagriha, antarala, mandapa, high compound wall, entrance gate, gopuram, making it complete in all aspects. The mandapa was made by interposing ardhamantapa. Mythical lion mounts surround the pillars, which adds to the Pallava style.

The passage –

The passage is in circumambulatory form along the compound wall. It has symbolic value. Anyone entering must crawl through the passage, with seven steps climbing towards the passage. This represents the stages of life. After the passage, one must exist via a pit, which symbolizes the death. Others believe that the circumambulatory form is also representing how a person is coming out of a mother’s womb while staying in the same line with Hindu belief of rebirth. Some even say that if one completes the circumambulatory passage, then one will attain moksha. However, every meaning is related with birth, life, death and rebirth.

Sculptures –

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Kanchipuram – Kailasanathar Temple – P4

History of Temple –

The temple was built during 685-705AD. It is the first structural temple built in South India by Narasimhavarman II (Rajasimha), and who is also known as Rajasimha Pallaveswaram. His son, Mahendravarman III, completed the front façade and the gopuram (tower). Prior temples were either built of wood or hewn into rock faces in caves or on boulders, as seen in Mahabalipuram. The Kailasanathar temple became the trend setter for other similar temples in South India. According to local belief, the temple was a safe sanctuary for the rulers of the kingdom during wars

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Kanchipuram – Kailasanathar Temple – P3

History of Temple –

Temple construction is credited to the Pallava dynasty, who had established their kingdom with Kanchipuram (also known as “Kanchi” or “Shiva Vishnu Kanchi”) as the capital city, considered one of the seven sacred cities under Hinduism. There was an interregnum when the Chalukya rulers defeated the Pallavas and occupied Kanchipuram. However, the Pallavas regained their territory and started expanding their capital city of Kanchipuram and built many temples of great magnificence. The only temple of this period which is extant is the Kailsahanathar Temple.

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Kanchipuram – Kailasanathar Temple – P2

Hello all, Here is the temple series of Kanchipuram which I promised in the month of April . I m starting Kailasanathar Temple as my first temple series of Kanchipuram.

History of Kailasanathar Temple – 

The kanchi Kailasanathar Temple (“Lord of the Cosmic Mountain”) is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram, Located in Tamil Nadu, India, It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is known for its historical importance. The temple was built from 685-705AD by a Rajasimha ruler of the Pallava Dynasty. The low-slung sandstone compound contains a large number of carvings, including many half-animal deities which were popular during the early Dravidian architectural period.

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    History & Pictures will be continued in Successive Posts !!!

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Coincidence of Life

Hi all, This is one of the WhatsApp share messages. I see it is worth sharing !!!!

Have you taken note of the COINCIDENCE OF LIFE:
REAL has 4 letters, so does FAKE.

1. LIFE has 4 letters, so does DEAD.
2. HATE has 4 letters, so does LOVE.
3. ENEMIES has 7 letters, so does FRIENDS.
4. LYING has 5 letters, so does TRUTH.
5. HURT has 4 letters, so does HEAL.
6. NEGATIVE has 8 letters, so does POSITIVE.
7. FAILURE has 7 letters, so does SUCCESS.
8. BELOW has 5 letters, so does ABOVE.
9. CRY has 3 letters, so does JOY.
10. ANGER has 5 letters, so does HAPPY.
11. RIGHT has 5 letters, so does WRONG.
12. RICH has 4 letters, so does POOR.
13. FAIL has 4 letters, so does PASS.
14. KNOWLEDGE has 9 letters, so does IGNORANCE.
15. TEARS has 5 letters, so does SMILE.
16. BIRTH has 5 letters, so does DEATH.

Are they all by coincidence? We should choose wisely. This means that LIFE is like a double-edged sword. If you think it is your alarm clock that woke you up this morning, try putting it beside a dead body and you will realize that it is the grace of God that woke you up…..!!!!)))))
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