Me: I give up. Ed: Just another few thousand words. Come on.. Me: Hmmm Ed: Uh oh ! I don't like that grin
800 steps up to the 80 feet breathtaking monolith. It is dated around 981 and is supposed to Asia's biggest monolith. It has withstood over 1000 years of the onslaughts of weather and continues to impress people from all over. Though proportionally speaking he is less reassuring that Michelangelo's David. (Exeunt philistine)
The finish - for example seen in these nails and fingers is just wonderful. I don't know anyone who can even write a few lines on paper without scratching. Imagine a monolith !
Karnataka tourism was simple and impressive. For the kind of crowd the place handles daily, it was very well maintained.
We in TN have inscriptions lying about every place, with no idea what the deuce they are about. Sravanabelagola has hundreds of inscriptions. Every inscription has been given a serial number, has a glass case over it and an explanatory note for those interested. Most of them were just 'Vishnuvardhana was here". Good to know, anyway.
Here's a pillar in Melukote Chuluvanarayanaswamy temple
The curves and gaps that seem like metal are actually stone. Presumably single stone again.
Fine-ness being obvious to a novice does seem confusing. But that is what Hoysala sculptures seem to be all about.
Here is one from the Hoysaleswara temple in Halebeedu.
The filigree is to be seen to be believed. Even in this pic, you haven't yet seen it.
Drummer 'tuning' (?) his drum tugging at the straps. The straps by which the drum hangs, the drum itself, the fingers between the drum and the straps - all in one stone. This particular piece is reproduced across several temples in Halebeedu and Belur.
Here is one stunning pillar in a Jain basadi for the thirthankara Adinatha- in Halebeedu - inadequately captured on camera
Close-up it gives the impression of a series of piled up plates that one has to yield to the temptation of trying to 'rotate' them.The fine finish of a smaller 'plate' sandwiched between two larger ones elicits the deserved "how the deuce!"
And here's another 'how' er
The wafer thin 'pillars' of a sannidhi on a pillar in Belur Chennakesava temple.
With that we finis. "Cut and print Ed" Ed: Endnote, insight, tailpiece
Vacations are essentially masochistic. They remind you of how small cubicle actually is. We will continue to just go about living beside wonders.