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The Timeless Temples of Thanjavur

Posted by Admin on May 24, 2012

The Timeless Temples of Thanjavur

Thanjavur, 342 km from Chennai and 56 km from Tiruchirapalli, is very much where Tamil Nadu‘s cultural heart beats. And not for nothing is its monumental shrine to Brihadishwara called a Great Living Chola Temple. Built by Raja Raja Chola I in 1011 to commemorate the victory of the Chola dynasty, this magnificent architectural gem has not fallen into ruins like other temples but remains a centre of worship where religious fervor and architectural grandeur coexist as they did centuries ago. Photo-editor AZHAR MOHAMED ALI returns enchanted from Thanjavur to share these captivating images.

Note from the Admin : – You will not find architectural marvels like these in any other part of this world’s surface. These buildings are extremely complicated in conception, architecture and construction. The beings who helped and inspired the great builders of these timeless monuments were higher dimensional beings from far off other worldly civilizations composing of core central worlds of our Galaxy, always bathed in the Rays of the Great Central Sun of the Milky Way Galaxy and therefore not prone to lower dimensional worlds’ entropic energies of degeneration, devastation and decadence in terms of spiritual and genetic substance.

The blueprints were literally inserted as downloads during dream-state and deep sleep in the architect’s head and the construction personnel would also see vast improvements and fluidity in their skill sets as synchronicity during the building phase of such projects and endeavours thereby making the construction perfect and swift.

At an even earlier and more primal period of the Great Civilizations that dawned and flourished on this world’s surface, the projects would be supervised by beings of pure consciousness manifest in material matter substance bodies manifest temporarily and even by ETs from origins mentioned previously, from their spacecraft in the lower atmosphere at the location of these testaments to Our Divine Origins.

Each of these physical buildings are far from just buildings since they are conceived first at the Astral Level and then drawn down to their physical copies by slowing down matter and changing the type of energy inherent in them. Each has multidimensional and multifaceted purposes, connected not only in exact and unnerving accuracy with constellations and the trajectories from which the Divine Rays of the Great Central Sun coincide with the planet’s surface as per the Grand Cycles of Planetary bodies but also match geographically and energetically key energetic nodals and ley line conjunctions of this Planet’s Grid Framework pattern of Sacred Geometry. They were also used to stabilise the rotation of the planet on its axis and its revolution around the Sun itself.

Holographically since Sacred Geometry is constant and recurring in all beings and bodies the Temples were not just places of worship of Higher Celestial beings but helped draw, funnel, refine and stabilize the Cosmic energies bombarding our world constantly and thereby alleviating the Consciousness quotient of the beings who partook in ceremonial, cultural, traditional, spiritual and at a later era of our evolution on this world, religious activities in such places at auspicious times as per planetary alignments and even altered their genetic makeup to hold and sustain more Light itself from our Sun within their bodies and suit the elevation of the Awareness of their Consciousness itself.

Each monument is unique in all factors of location, dimension, purpose and structural integrity and are vastly superior to pyramids and other plane, drab, ugly ziggurats built by more primitive, warlike and technologically oriented civilizations prompted by similar off world beings at later times of our history. These were used more to channel energies for power consumption through crystals and genetically modify a physical body in an inorganic and utmost artificial process gimmicking and mocking an organic Ascension process. 


The Brihadishwara Temple, the cynosure of Thanjavur, celebrated a millennium in 2010.


Thanjavur, among India’s most ancient living cities, dates back to the Sangam period. Of the great dynasties that ruled it, the Cholas who built it outshine the rest. The Great Living Chola Temples, which include the Brihadishwara Temple, are located in the region of Thanjavur. The temple was built by Raja Raja Chola I in the first decade of the 11th century.


Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Brihadishwara Temple at Thanjavur is the largest temple in India and is constructed entirely out of granite. The temple’s tower or vimana is 216 feet high. In 2010, Tamil Nadu Tourism marked the millennial celebrations of the Big Temple.


Temple priests at the Big Temple in Thanjavur. The massive Nandi bull made of smoothened granite stone is sanctified daily.


A view of the temple precincts.


Detail of stone reliefs in the temple precincts.


Sivalingams and idols of secondary deities.


The pillared hall is richly decorated with frescoes.


The Brihadishwara Temple, having stood the test of time for a thousand years, is a model for the enduring grandeur of Chola architecture.


The Tanjore Doll (left), a traditional bobblehead toy that wobbles when moved, is made of baked clay and painted in bright colors.


Handloom silks are one of the chief economic products of the district of Thanjavur. The town also lends its name to the Tanjore Painting, an artistic style unique to this region. The town is also known as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu for its significant contribution to foodgrain production.


The Big Temple by night.

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Warangal – where history lies forgotten

Posted by Admin on May 18, 2012

Warangal – where history lies forgotten

About 140 km from Hyderabad is Warangal, the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty that flourished in the 12th century.

By Lakshmi Sharath | Yahoo Lifestyle Entertainment – Tue 8 May, 2012 5:09 PM IST

The road curved and arched into a fortified stone wall embellished with sculptures and yalis – mythical creatures believed to be more powerful than lions and elephants – carved in stone. An entire settlement lay behind those walls. We were in the old Warangal Fort, capital of the Kakatiya dynasty. Sculptures were strewn all around us, and enclosing them were four massive stone pillars 30 feet tall, each facing a cardinal direction.

The scattered sculptures lay open to the skies. A Shiva temple was surrounded by ornate pillars, shorter than the four main massive pillars. These tall gateways symbolized “gateways of glory” called Kirti Thoranas and were the seat of the Kakatiyas in Warangal.

A couple of elephants, a nandi, more yalis, a few pillars, broken sculptures, a gajakesari and even an old throne, lay enclosed by the kirti toranas, open to the sky. Shiva, called “Swayambhu”, was worshipped here by the famous Kakatiya ruler Prataparudra. We sat near the throne and looked around. Two dogs chased each other.

Sculptures in Warangal Fort. Photo: Lakshmi Sharath

Sculptures in Warangal Fort. Photo: Lakshmi Sharath


I walked over to the map, which gave me the history of Warangal. Earlier known as Orugallu or Orukal, referring to the single boulder or hillock where the fort was located, it was also called Ekasilanagaram. The map told me that the fort, built in the 12th century by the Kakatiya king Prola Raja and his son Rudra Deva, was ruled by Ganapathideva. The most important ruler of the Kakatiyas was not a king, but a queen – Rudramma Devi, who held fort here in the following century.

The fort had three concentric fortifications, two walls, and there seemed to be a trace of the third. Of the four gates, facing the cardinal directions, the east and west gates were still in use. Besides 45 towers and pillars spread over a radius of 19 km, there was also a moat surrounding the fort. The fort was today completely in ruins and was largely destroyed by Malik Kafur as the dynasty fell to the Delhi Sultanate.

The Kakatiyas were the ancient rulers of today’s Andhra Pradesh and it was probable that their early reign was fused with the advent of Buddhism in the region. Some historians infer the period to be dated somewhere in the middle of the 7th century when Hiuen Tsang, the Chinese pilgrim, had referred to the kingdom as Danakaktiya. Even Marco Polo mentioned Warangal much later in his travels. The dynasty’s name came either from its association with a town known as Kakatipura or from their worship of a goddess called Kakati. It was assumed that Kakatipura is present day’s Warangal.

The silence in the fort was soothing as we gazed at the sculptures. As we walked inside the old settlement, life seemed to be the same. Posters of local heroes and politicians jostled for space as young couples, probably students, sought privacy in the temples atop a small hillock overlooking a lake. Nobody was in a mood to entertain tourists as they shly evaded our questions, embarrassed at being spotted.

Yonder, the Kush Mahal built much later by a local ruler, Shitab Khan, possibly a subordinate of the Bahmani kingdom in the 15th century, was a sharp contrast to the architecture of the fort. We walked up to the rooftop and took in the sights of the old village. Vehicles plied on the road as schoolchildren walked past us. The fields were lush, swaying in the breeze. This was once one of the richest dynasties. As Marco Polo said, they had a “great abundance of all necessaries of life.”

We continued, driving towards Hanamkonda, Warangal’s twin town located barely 10 km away. ”It is like Hyderabad and Secunderabad,” said my driver, interrupting my reverie as we entered Hanamkonda.

My guide book said that Hanamkonda was the former capital of the Kakatiyas and it was later shifted to Warangal. The seamless road took us past the busy market with retail brands jostling for space. Hoardings screamed for attention, but I hardly saw any monument of heritage relevance. Huge sacks of onions and potatoes were piled in the local grocery shops. It was nowhere close to the idyllic historic town I had painted in my mind.

We stopped before a narrow congested lane and walked through it. It led us to the thousand-pillar temple built in the 12th century. We spoke to a local man who said that the temple has been under renovation for a while and that a well was discovered here earlier and it was believed that the temple may have been built on water and it took more than 70 years to build.

The ASI signboard gave us more information. The temple, built by Rudra Deva I in the 12th century, was dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The pilllars graced the mandapa and between the main shrine and the mandapa was a pavilion for a massive Nandi. Records showed that the Kakatiyas were feudal lords of the Western Chalukyas  around the 10th century. The reign probably started with Betaraja I, followed by his descendant, Prola Raja I. Hanumakonda, which was secured as a grant by Prola Raja I from the Western Chalukyas, was the capital of a dynasty that had just started establishing itself.

We then stopped at the Bhadra Kali temple on a small hillock, believed to have been the patron goddess of the dynasty, and then proceeded to Palampet where the beautiful Ramappa Lake adjoining the 13th-century temple awaited us. Watching the sun going down on the lake, which was believed to be as ancient as the temple, I wondered how a rich capital, a seat of power where battles were fought and won, was today a town forgotten, alive only in textbooks.

My trail ended here but the Kirti Toranas remained in our minds – pillars of yesteryear’s glory lost to modern civilisation.

Getting there
Warangal is 140 km from Hyderabad and can be reached by road or rail. Trains and buses ply regularly from Hyderabad, which is about three hours (or longer, depending on the number of stops en route) by road. Accomodation is simple and there are a couple of three-star properties. Do not miss the local dish, the Pesarattu Dosa made of moong dal (green gram).

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