THIRUKALZUKUNRAM, TAMIL ANDU
ONE OF THE ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS OF EARTH, BUILT BY THE TAMIL EMPEROR RAJARAJA CHOLA THE GREAT, EMPEROR OF SOUTH INDIA & SRILANKA, Under the rule of Raja Raja Chola and his son Rajendra Chola, the Tamil Empire spread all over southern India, the Deccan,SRI LANKA parts of the Malay peninsula and Sumatra. This Temple built in1010A.D using PURE GRANITES ONLY. The Tamil kings of Chola dynasty moved stones enough to built two great Pyramids of GIZA.
seaside temple at Mahabalipuram -Near the Bay of Bengal- 2nd century AD
The world's largest bas-relief, the 'Penance of Arjuna', is 96ft long and 43 ft high, carved on two adjacent boulders. The figure of' Shiva with an ascetic Arjuna to his left, standing on one leg gives a mythical and realistic impression among the many other figures. This figure is a scene from the Bhagavad Gita, wherein Arjuna asks shiva for help in defeating his enemies.
The descent of the Ganga. 2nd century AD, TAMIL NADU
Trichy temple detail
TOWERS EVERYWHERE TOWERS, TAMIL NADU
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PILLARS OF TEMPLE HALL, TAMIL NADU
WALL OF ANCIENT SRI RANGAM TEMPLE, TAMIL NADU
THE CITY OF MADURAI, TAMIL NADU
The Thousand Pillar Hall should count 999 pillars as the last is the leg of LORD Shiva. In fact there are 985 beautifully decorated columns. Each pillar is sculptured in the Dravidan style (jumping Lion: Pallava III). Nowadays the hall is used as a museum where you can see icons, photographs, drawings, etc., exhibiting the 1200 years old history. In the corner you find the music-pillars: each has his own sound as you knock on it. At the end of the Hall you see Nataraja or the famous dancing Shiva.
THE FORTIFIED TEMPLE WALL AT THANJAVUR, TAMIL NADU
The bathing Tank at Temple, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu
MADURAI TEMPLE WITH GOLDEN SANCTUM
"As the first time you see all these colors on the temples, you get a feeling of kitch, but when you start to understand Tamil culture then you know this is the outmost expression of Tamil life. As you can eat spicy in the North, it would still taste sweet to a Tamil. Everything in his life is really an exponent compared with other states. The joy, the fights, the laughs, the respect the colors,the heat, the struggle everything is so intens here in Tamil Nadu. Other states sometimes charactarize Tamil Nadu as the land of children as in all their reactions they are so spontanuous, simple and at the same time so intens. Here you see the top of a Gopuram newly paint at the rock-temple in Tiraparunkundram just outside Madurai. Gopuram means an entrance tower and every temple got four of them orientated to the North-South-West-East.
The smaller the Gopurams the elder the temple is. Enjoy the colors of Tamil life."
KINGS PALACE, MADURAI, TAMIL NADU
DETAILS IN MAIN HALL
VIEW TO MAIN HALL
CEILING OF THE PALACE
The Western artists see nature with his eyes and judges art by intellectual and aesthetic standards. The Indian seeks truth in his inner consciousness, and judges of its expression by metaphysical and imaginative standards. Art for him is not to please, but to manifest."
(source: Essays on National Idealism - By Ananda K. Coomraswamy
Five monolithic chariot temples dedicated to Hindu gods. Also known as Pancha Pandava Rathas. Although there are eight temples, people recognize only five. It is said that the five Rathas represent the five chariots used by the Pandavas. Four of these temples have been scooped out of one single rock. The imposing Gopurams and sculptured pillars & walls give us a glimpse of the style which was adopted in constructing temples all over Tamil Nadu.
Ceiling Ornament, MADURAI, TAMIL NADU