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Archive for December 31st, 2008


We have already seen this cute little darling of a fellow in Mahabalipuram and in Srinivasanallur. Today we are traveling to another Chola treasure trove - Pullamangai, Brahmapureerswara temple .

A quick test for your observation powers. Can you spot our friend.

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Can’t, try this one

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Still Can’t, come on !!

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Now, do you see him. such a darling fellow.

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Nowadays, we do see Shiva’s Gana’s ( assistants) adorning modern temple walls, but they lack the character and spirit of the originals. They are sadly repetitive and monotonous. Take a look at this impressive array of delightful ganas - each of them have such cute expressions that its difficult not to fall in love with them. One thing you have to notice is the fact that these are true dwarfs - as you can see by the body proportions and the depiction of the hands and legs - this is not to show the physical deformity but to show how observant were the sculptors who could sculpt them so beautifully.

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Not all have the tiger belly face and it seems to be one particular individual who has this - what could be his name. Need to do some more research to find out. Meantime, please keep an eye out for this tiger belly face when you visit Chola temples. And for the normal fellows, please do spare them a glance.

picture courtesy : Ms. Kathie and Varlaaru.com

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