meena iyer

Yes today's letter for me is "Object d'art". This picture is of the stone chariot in a place called as "Hampi" located in the state I reside in (Karnataka).. This beautiful monument has a history.. It was the cultural capital of Vijaynagara Samraja.. Umm I have not much idea about the history.. however, you can click on the image to go to a site that can give you more information about it..

These stone architectures.. however have always intrigued me.. and will do the same to the future generation! What amazing tribute to man's determination and well artistry!

On request of " Historiophile " The lotus palace is here :) He is a veritable treasure of historic trivia! Umm you might not hear this again karthik.. but I admire you for it :D

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21 Responses
  1. crete Says:

    Lovely photograph. I love old stone memorials and sites - it is a part of living in Greece I guess.


  2. Oh wow... that's one nice image! Very nice! The details are just awesome..

    My "O" photos are now posted here and here. Hope you can pass by, too! Thanks!

  3. Melissa Says:

    Very nice architecture- thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you Ray for stopping by :)

    Ah our heritage always affects us :)

    Ah jenn thank you! melissa thank you for stopping by :)

  5. photowannabe Says:

    Its amazingly full of detail and so big. Very fascinating.

  6. dulce Says:

    Beautiful structure. I hope it could be preserved for many years.

  7. Rinkly Rimes Says:

    At first I thought it was a sand carving. It's the same colour. But I now see it's much more permanent.

  8. scribbler Says:

    one of my colleague visited hampi and just doesnt seem to stop praising abt this place...make me all the more wanting to visit this place....maybe my next vacation is going to be in hampi....beautiful architechture

  9. Hampi is an amazing place...its a World Heritage site and the only place where you can find medieval secular structures still surviving for e.g. the Lotus Palace (do post a pic of that too...its a beautiful structure) ..bcos in general we have only religious structures surviving.

    But in terms of stone the most intricate and wonderful architecture is those of the Hoysalas (again of ur home state)..check out the pics of Chennakesava temple in Belur and the structures in Halebid.

  10. Bear Naked Says:

    That truly is an object d'art.
    Perfect for the letter O on ABC Wednesday.

    Bear((( )))

  11. AphotoAday Says:

    I can hardly imagine the amount of work that went into carving that... Wow...

  12. DeeJay Says:

    Good choice
    I recently went to the British Museum and saw many example of such stone work although not on that scale

  13. Granny Smith Says:

    Imagine the sculptor standing in front of a block of marble and wondering where to begin! These large sculptures always astound me. Thanks for bringing us this one.

  14. Liz Says:

    That is an incredible sculpture. A real objet d'art.

  15. Agnes Says:

    REALLY beautiful. They sure paid a lot of attention to detail in the old days.

  16. oh thanku thanku...lets hope this is just the first of many such compliments i get to hear :P

  17. spacedlaw Says:

    O is for Oooooooooh...
    That place is beautiful.
    Thanks for the treat.

  18. Thank you so much guys! I promise I shall hit each one of your blogs.. just gimme time!

    @karthik.. as it happens.. i am very stingy with it :D

  19. Coorg Says:

    hampi is the world heritage site, and top tourist place in india. stone curving, temples, monuments are the main attractions. hampi was the richest city in vijayanagara dynasty period. thanks for you valuable post.