On the 23rd we were returning from Bangalore. Last October we had seen many temples of the Hoysala period in and around Belur. I wanted to see some more of them and read about the twin temples in a place called Mosale Hosahalli. We started from Bangalore at 6.15 in the morning. Near Hassan we had to turn off the highway and travel on country lanes. GPS is a blessing in such places because there were miles and miles of fields and no people to ask the way. Jowar was being grown in most places. I was satisfied when I saw the twin temples. They looked so beautiful.
On the right side was the temple of Chennakeshava. Many people were standing outside and we heard chanting of shlokas from inside. Puja was being performed by the priest. We left our footwear near the main gate and walked up the steps to the temple. We were not sure whether we could go in. But the people of the village standing there urged us to enter. We stepped inside the ancient structure. A lady encouraged us to walk right up to the garbhagudi (sanctum).We thought it was very nice of them. The good in people is something to smile about.
The beautiful sculptures in the temples of the Hoysala period inspired me to write this poem.
Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #6. Use GRACE as your inspiration this week.
The sculptors slowly chipped the stone to reveal the maiden
She lived hidden inside the stone, waiting to be revealed
The grace in her arms and legs was sculpted as if by magic.
Sijo is a Korean form of poetry. In it there are three Lines14-16 syllables per line. A total of 44-46 syllables for the entire poem.The first line of the Sijo usually sets the theme. The second line elaborates on the first line. The third line brings the poem matter to a close.