Archive for September 8th, 2008

Well we saw that the elephants and other animals with burdened with a load in the last post. What are they carrying?

is this just an elephant.jpg
just a line of elehants.jpg
feeding line of elephants.jpg
at what scale.jpg

We look at the string of pictures once more to get into the flow.

no! a row of base elephants.jpg

Now we take a zoom upwards, no do you get the picture. The entire rock cut temple is fashioned as though its supported on this line of elephants. Just to put things in right perspective, reminding you once again that this cut into a mountain rock face. Meaning, the sculptor has to sculpt this in situ - top down in one single piece.

They are supporting the temple.jpg
and some yaazhis too.jpg

Now that you understand the intricate work, lets look at the larger picture of the Ellora Kailasantha temple. From different angles with people occupying the frames to give you an idea of scale of this spectacular composition. The pictures show you the sheer rock face from which the skilled artist has fashioned this entire creation. Doesn’t it blow your minds off, just to imagine a scale of this size is mind bloggling. How on earth could someone have the courage to envision something of this nature, with technology that was prevalent a 1000 years ago.

another view of the load carriers.jpg
same line of animals.jpg
They are supporting the temple.jpg
and some yaazhis too.jpg

Step to the right, to the left, to the back - every inch is breath taking. Stone art its very best. For once i am short of words and take refuge in the visual overflow. Enjoy and drink up this fountain of art.

bottom upwards, front left.jpg
front left view.jpg
front left.jpg
front leftside view.jpg
front view from slight left.jpg
interspread with lions.jpg
intricate sculpture.jpg
longer shot from right.jpg
longer shot of top filial from straight right.jpg
longer shot with rock face behind.jpg
oh what splendid work.jpg
relief sculptures.jpg
same pillar from back - mountain side.jpg
second tier from side right.jpg
such symmetry.jpg
the elephant load bearers.jpg
the rock face, touched by the divine hands.jpg
the scale of the work.jpg
the temple from under the rock outcrop.jpg
this is a single piece of rock mind it.jpg
top down of stupa.jpg
top filial from front right.jpg
top shot with elephant.jpg
top tier from left.jpg
top view down.jpg
top view from the back.jpg
top view from the right.jpg
top view left back.jpg
top view left stright.jpg
truly amazing.jpg
view from back left.jpg
view from front right.jpg
view from the back right.jpg
what a panel.jpg

The last picture has an interesting story board - of an epic carved into stone, which we will visit later.

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I have been summoning the courage to attempt this post for a long time. We had earlier seen what is so great about Ellora. This is part two of the post and certainly one in a long line of posts to come.

This is a large post and hence i would request you keep all your work aside, take your time - make sure you are on a stable chair ( lest you might fall off your chair) - such are the contents that are to follow.

I first introduced you to the fact that this is a mountain cut structure - ie the sculptors have cut this entire composition into the face of a mountain - so now i am going to detail the size of this composition, its complexity and innate beauty.

Inorder to do this, i adopt a bottoms up approach.

is this just an elephant.jpg

Do you see this elephant, peacefully threshing some vegetation in its trunk - watch the detailing of the small bump of its skeleton as its trunk starts, the slight twist of it trunk to the right and the curl of it holding the grass - the beautiful symmetry of its ears and the delicate curl of the ear.

just a line of elehants.jpg

We move a bit back - oh, maybe there are more like this one, NO, its a whole line of such elephants ( some have not withstood the forces of nature n time - lost a limb, a trunk)

feeding line of elephants.jpg

Now we zoom out - to see what this actually is - is an entire foundation of elephants who are sculpted as though they are carrying the whole structure. And what a structure, the man walking int he frame gives you an idea of scale.

at what scale.jpg
and some yaazhis too.jpg

We try another place - oh,here elephants are combining delightfully with lions to form a nice one two combo. Oh, some delightlful Yazhi’s are also there. Some of lions and elephants seem to be bored of this work and are playfully fighting with each other.

lions n elepant motiffs.jpg

What are they carrying on their mightly shoulders…well wait for the next post…

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