For those who attempted the riddle ( thanks to thiru who cracked it), to be honest it was a very tough one. Just one picture in that selection had a clue. Let me give you some more pictorial clues. We saw some very exquisite pillars in the previous edition, now we are seeing some more pillars and their intricate carvings, but in more detail.

Combining some long shots and some closeups to show how sometimes our eye misses the obvious clues.

The long shots first

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The closeups

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the lion riders.jpg
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defaced cow and corner ganas.JPG
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defaced lady looking into a mirror and ornamenting herself.JPG
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Some independent relief panels

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Well, now its getting really interesting. Obviously some exquisite sculptures have been vandalised and the focus or target has been very specific.

Taking you back to the picture with the clue in the prev post

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Cant make out ? Look to the roof

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The clash of two contrasting cultures

These pillars bear witness to a very historic period that changed the course of our nation

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Very true that clash of two contrasting cultures has lead to many things, one such example is the Quwwat ul-Islam Mosque at Qutab complex. According to the inscriptions “This fort was conquered and this Jami Masjid built in the months of the year 587 by the Amir, the great, the glorious commander of the Army, Qutb-ud-daula wad-din, the Amir-ul-umara Aibeg, the slave of the Sultan, may God strengthen his helpers! The materials of 27 idol temples, on each of which 2,000,000 Deliwal had been spent were used for this mosque. God the Great and Glorious may have mercy on that slave, every one who is in favour of the good builder prays for this faith.” Epigraphia Indo Moslemica, 1911-12, p. 13.

27 temples which historians believe are Jain temples!!!

April 2nd, 2009 at 13:51


Suspense தாங்கல. Please நீங்களே சொல்லிடுங்களேன். அவ்வளவு அறிவு இல்ல எனக்கு.

April 2nd, 2009 at 15:01

the Picture are taken from India’s First Mosque Quwwat ul Islam Mosque

April 2nd, 2009 at 15:26

I heard from my frend tht pillar in the mandapam in qutub minar shows some hindu religion statues and carvings.

I guess its qutub minar.Im sorry if it is wrong.

April 2nd, 2009 at 15:50

It is Qutub Minar I think, no doubt! Sathmeeka, Ragothaman are pretty right!

April 4th, 2009 at 0:07

>>>No two hands are the same, not only posture wise but also in dimensions.

Why is this an important thing?

June 9th, 2009 at 5:03

hi GRS,

These pillars came from different temples and hence they dont appear similar. Hence consider them important.


June 9th, 2009 at 15:23

I am not sure why this comment appeared in this section, my question pertained to your blog which talked about the hands and legs and comparing them with Angkor.

June 12th, 2009 at 3:25

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