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It was a very rainy day when we reached Gangai Konda Cholapuram. Fortunately the rain stopped giving us a brief window to complete our tasks on the outside. The rain swept temple gleaned in all her pristine glory as we entered her.

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As usual we were subjected to some rants by the ‘ authorities’ on cameras and photography, and we put forward the same arguments that any ASI site - Photography is allowed and free of charge - except for the Sanctum. ( providing of course you cannot use a tripod - some weird logic of ASI !). We wanted to cover a few miniatures inside the main Vimana but the arguments got us nowhere. We faced the prospect of one more unsuccessful attempt to cover them, when we were shocked to see that there was a big family function happening inside with full videography ! We threatened to bring hell and after much persuasion and promise that we would not shoot the main Sanctum, managed to get our equipment out.

The power went off right on cue just as we took in the sight of the gargantuan door guardians guarding the main sanctum.

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door_guardian_r

How massive are these guys?

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do you notice a small black speck in the photo towards the base??

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black+speck+check

Yeah, its the Cannon lens cover

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As we walked past the dynamic duo to the next chamber, a very dimly lit wall showcased a brilliant miniature, quite in contrast to the massiveness of the occupants of the other side.

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Sadly, we were clicking blind due to the power outage and the most important area of the relief was missed out. But still we could make out the panel. Apart from a whole host of distinguished rishis, we could spot Brahma officiating a ceremonial gathering.

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And on top, was the marriage of the divine parents - Shiva as Kalyanasundara taking the hand of Meenakshi, with Lakshmi and Vishnu giving her away on both sides.

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The immediate reaction was the recollection of the splendid Kalyanasundara Bronze which we saw earlier. .

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The resemblance is remarkable

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The stance and posture of Lakshmi

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Vishnu seems to be little more bent forward than the bronze

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But the clincher were the shy stance of Meenakshi

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meenakshi

and the kati Vasta of Vishnu ( if you notice the way the waist cloth is worn by Vishnu - you see a characteristic U ), which is absent for Shiva.

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We saw this in the previous post,

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Compare the depiction in the bronze

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Two different mediums, each with its complexities - the miniature with its size, yet the sculptor adheres to his Canons !

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5 Comments so far

Dhivakar
  1  

Beautiful.

October 21st, 2011 at 15:10
Liesbeth Pankaja
  2  

Really nice VJ. Good post. Opening our eyes and our minds to the big picture and the details. Thanks

October 21st, 2011 at 16:10
Prasanna
  3  

What is in the important area near that panel that you missed out?

October 30th, 2011 at 9:42
  4  

hi Prassi, no worries. Shash has captured the entire panel. will upload n redo the post shortly

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vj

October 31st, 2011 at 15:10
  5  

Lovely - on my list of to visit temples. Power outages still occur with frustrating regularity in the interiors, and we missed the flash light vision of Kandan at Poravasseri Temple although the priest showed us the fine details with his deeparathanailamp.

January 14th, 2012 at 11:19

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