Shravanabelagola

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The majestic statue
high on the hill
invites us
for a rendezvous
of bliss and innocence.

It is fashionable
To come here
To be selfied and uploaded
And arouse  a little jealousy
“Look where we camped last weekend”.

A lone devotee infirm and old
Climbs up panting and chanting
To touch at least some height
Before her death.

Tiny flowers without leaves
Pop up from the hard rock
What  a humble offering
To the huge bare Bahubali
Standing tall on the bare hill,
With relics and  writings as ambiguous
as his silence!

How do they proclaim peace
in words of war -
The scholars fight it out.

The sun follows us inch by inch
As we limp up slowly
To rise above the world
And its maya.

 

(A detailed account of my visit to Shravanabelagola, Belur, Halebid and Shringeri can be read here :  Journey Through Karnataka’s Heritage Sites )

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Karntaka Heritage Sites – Photo Essay

For the Christmas vacation of 2015, the initial plan was to go somewhere far away, outside Karnataka. But plan A did not work out somehow. So here was the plan B – why not visit some nearby tourist places of Karnataka that we have been postponing visiting for years. A day before the visit, we decided, our 2/3 days journey would start with Shravanabelegola, then on to Shringeri through Belur and Halebeedu.

Here are some photos of the trip. To read my detailed article at Tourmyindia.com  click here

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At the foot of the Lord Bahubali

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The magnificent Bahubali

 

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The guardian angels are no less majestic

 

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View from the top of the hill of the shrines at the Chandragiri Hills and the sorrroundings

 

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A panoramic view of the Chennakesava temple at Belur

 

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Halebid interior
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Entrance to Halebid Temple
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Intricate carvings
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Intricate interiors
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The magnificent Bull – a witness of thousand years
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The defined layers of intricate carvings

 

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The journey should be as beautiful as the destination

For more photos and to read my detailed article at Tourmyindia.com  click here