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Sundays In My City – An Old Staple

by Vidya Sury December 18, 2011 30 comments

Yes, folks, I cleverly said “old staple” – those who know me, know what that is. Temples. You see, my actual plan was to post some fabulous pictures (oh, let me dream!) of Vidur’s school Annual Day which happened yesterday. What with all the running around, ferrying him to and fro and having to run to the bike mechanic in between, AND dithering over what to wear when I was supposed to land up there at 5 pm……I completely (yes, hit me!) forgot to carry my digital camera. Boo hoo! And to think I was all the time dreaming of posting some smashing photos.

I hate myself right now. I arrived there, went backstage to look for Vidur and generally hobnob with the other kids in various states of costume. As my eyes took their fill, my hands rummaged in my xtra-large bag, only to find emptiness where digicam was supposed to be. I had to make do with my phone camera. The photos are not as good as I’d like, but good enough to create a few memories. I got quite a few kids with cute expressions, so ready to pose for me. But now my issue is,I suddenly thought – how can I post these photos without their permission? So. They’ll sit in my memory album now.

Instead, I’ll take you on yet another trip around the beautiful State, Karnataka, where we now live. Of course I have hundreds of photos from various places – I’ve picked some of my favorites. I have a Temple fetish. Fueled further by Vidur, who is busy sketching and writing a book about them. He’s promised to give me credit as the photographer 🙂

So here we go, if you aren’t asleep already with my tale of semi-pseudo-woe! (Click the photos for the original size, in all its glory)

Anegadda Ganesha temple. Urrgh. Couldn’t avoid the wires from any angle

The legendary Bahubali statue at Dharmasthala – DON’T ask me about body part proportions now.

Gokarna – night view of the Gold temple

Mangalore, Murudeshwar. They kept on building. What were they thinking? 🙂 It is completed now

Annapurneshwari Temple, Horanadu, a misty 6.30 am look

Kolar – 16th Century Shiva temple – inside

Kolar, 16th century Shiva temple – outside

Shringeri Sharada Temple. This is not the main temple. But I loved the architecture

This is the root of a tree ABOVE the ground inside a temple in North Karnataka. Amazing to look at.

I hope you enjoyed this. I love photographing temple architecture. And I am going to be doing a lot of this in the coming year, because Vidur has already warned me suggested that he’s planning at least two or three temple trips. All I know, though, is that it is going to be great fun.

And now, let’s check out other beautiful cities at Unknown Mami’s

Much thanks to Unknown Mami’s Sunday in my City initiative, which I still think is one of the most brilliant I’ve come across.

Vidya Sury

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Terri Sonoda December 18, 2011 at 5:10 am

Oh Vidya. I’ve never heard of a ‘temple fetish’ but I think if I lived where you live, I might just have one! Beautiful, amazing photos, yet again. Thanks for sharing!

BLOGitse December 18, 2011 at 8:26 am

Mamma mia…How about today, still this kind of masterpieces built? Amazing. So much work, so many details…
Happy holidays!

Vidya Sury December 18, 2011 at 5:43 am

🙂 Terri, I have all kinds of harmless fetishes. :-D. Thankee for visiting, and hope some day I can actually take your breath away by taking you to visit some of these places!

Wayne W Smith December 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Plan B turned out pretty good…

Vidya Sury December 18, 2011 at 9:14 am

Thanks BLOGitse. We’re lucky to see them whenever we want! Happy holidays to you, too!

Laurie Matherne December 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Wow. I love the architecture. Beside studly man, my favorite is the gold temple.

Rachel @ TotallyOvar It December 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I love your photos of the temples! You have a gift, my lovely friend!

Kimberly December 18, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Those photos are absolutely gorgeous! I’m sorry that you didn’t have your camera…boo.

Vidya Sury December 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm

🙂 hehehe. Thanks Wayne!!

Vidya Sury December 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm

🙂 Laurie – that statue is quite a pleasure to see. 😀 there’s an even bigger one at Gomateshwar…but that’s another story. Thanks for coming by! The gold temple was amazing, really. It had its own mini zoo with statues of animals etc.

Vidya Sury December 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Rachel! I agree I have a gift. And that gift is the connections I’ve made through blogging 😀

Tara R. December 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I can understand your fascination with temples. These are amazing. All so incredibly beautiful.

My Inner Chick December 19, 2011 at 2:34 am


The photos are FABULOUS…especially the “Annapurneshwari Temple.”

I adore being w/ you on Sunday. thank you for allowing me to tag along… :)) Xxx

Vidya Sury December 19, 2011 at 3:41 am

@Tara – I can never get my fill of them! 🙂

Vidya Sury December 19, 2011 at 3:44 am

@Kimberly – great to have you here. I’ll somehow tweak those photos and post them sometime, without showing the faces. AArrgh.

Vidya Sury December 19, 2011 at 3:45 am

Dear Kim, I LOVE to have you here. The sculptures are amazing, especially considering they were done centuries ago. Standing the test of time! Hugs, Kim.

Unknown Mami December 19, 2011 at 5:19 am

Yes, please keep posting temple architecture. Jaw-droppingly amazing as far as I’m concerned. The details are astounding.

Vidya Sury December 19, 2011 at 5:38 am

Unknown Mami – 🙂 thanks – I actually have enough pictures (and counting) to feed my blog throughout its life. Just touching that stone brings me peace – you know?

monu December 19, 2011 at 6:33 am

Good photos.. especially the Gold Temple 🙂

Vidya Sury December 19, 2011 at 6:37 am

🙂 Thanks Monu – the temple is at Gokarna, Mangalore. Beautiful!

sheila December 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I ADORE your temple pictures! That one where they just kept building and building is huge! I could study these all day! And the roots? Amazing!

Missy December 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Those are just beautiful pictures! Sorry you forgot your camera.

Nezzy December 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Well, just knock me off the old hay wagon and call me Tilly…these pictures are just fabulous sweetie. I am just left breathless with the beauty of these temples.

Ya just don’t see architecture like that in the States and certainly not ’round these parts!

Sweetie, I just wanted to thank you for visitin’ with your sweet comment and hoppin’ on my blog. I sure hope ya’ll enjoy the ride!

God bless and in the words of that wild and crazy Granny Clampett, “ya’ll come back now, ha hear!!!”

Have a beautiful day :o)

LL Cool Joe December 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Wow the Temples are beautiful! I love the gold one. The details are amazing.

Vidya Sury December 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Thanks Joe – I am still enthralled with your Christmas pictures.

Vidya Sury December 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Thank you, Melissa! Yes, bummer about the camera!

Vidya Sury December 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Thank you, Tilly – oops Nezzy! 🙂 I am thrilled you came by. I am in love with your blog and nobody can stop me from coming over :-D. I am sure I’ll like Granny Clampett, too 😉 You’re such a darling!

Vidya Sury December 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

The roots were also HUGE, Sheila! And it was fascinating to look at it. Fellas believe in large scale 🙂

ceodraiocht December 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Vidya – Love the Gold temple and Annapurneshwari – all of them are stunning works of art.

I too don’t always have camera in hand when I wish I did adn hope to get much better at carting it about with me.

Vidya Sury December 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Frustrating when that happens, isn’t it, especially when you think its there? Thanks for visiting, Maggie @ceodraiocht. You have an enchanting blog!


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