A Photo a Week Challenge: Ancient


We were in Belur from the 14th to the 17th. It is about 177 kms from our place. This town was the capital of the Hoysala empire in the 12th century. The Hoysalas built some beautiful temples during their time. The carvings in the temples, on the pillars, on the ceilings and on the outer walls are just too beautiful for words. The Chennakeshava temple built in the 12th century is still an important pilgrimage centre. We stayed not far from the temple. Three evenings and on Sunday morning we sat in the temple just outside the sanctum. It was a wonderful experience. There are many pillars in the hall but two pillars, the Narasimha pillar and Mohini pillar are exquisite works of art.

Narasimha Pillar
Mohini Pillar
Carvings above the door of the sanctum
Carvings on the ceiling

Chennakeshava Temple, Belur – Wikipedia



By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


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