Friends, today we are in for a feast. A real Sculptural feast..for we are to witness today the imagination and expertise of the chola sculptor running riot in Pullamangai – the famed Brahmapuriswarar Temple. The temple itself is treasure trove of stone art, but sadly forgotten by most. This is our humble attempt to showcase this magnificent edifice of Chola Art. Thanks to Satheesh and Arvind Venkataraman for taking the time to visit this temple, actually there was selfish motive behind sending them there, so that we may all drink in the sheer brilliance of that place – thanks to our two contributors again for patiently getting the lovely photos
Normally, i would start posts with long shots and then move closer. But today we are going to attempt the reverse for maximum effort. Once you read the full post, am sure you will understand what i mean.
We are going to see a series of four panels – hailing the birth of Muruga. Kumarasambhava and a few amazing Yaalis ( my personal favorites)
To start with will show you the yaalis.
How to describe these in words. Such brilliance lends credence to the thought that these are not there just for ornamental value !!
Hmm, well that’s not the post, here is a lovely Vyaala as well.
Ok, I talked of the birth of Muruga and am showing you nothing of it….ok, here they come.
Here we see, the amazing dance of Shiva and Parvathi. Splendid depiction of the synchronised dancing. The masculine grace of Shiva and the feminine charm of Parvathi is a delight to watch. and watched they are by a resurrected Kama ( manmadha) and his wife Rathi.
The next panel we are going to see is a lovely depiction of Shiva wooing his consort.
See the shy stance of the maiden and the stylish pose of Shiva.
This is a very beautiful depiction of the sense of fluid motion that a sculptor manages to bring into stone. Just watch the right hand of Shiva. He is shown with two right hands, one resting nonchalantly on nandhi behind him – but imagine for an instant that he is moving his hand towards parvathi – the next act – the moving arm is portrayed by the second right hand. Can you sense it
And see the expression of Umai, tender love lorn shyness.
The sculptor is not finished yet, see the detailing on Nandhi.
and the two Ganas on the top and the lady attendant below
Not clear is it, lets explain a bit. A seated Shiva is shown lovingly holding one of the babies who is reaching out to his cheek. While the other five are being held by the mothers.
I am sure some of you are already commenting on the quality of the photographs and sculpture ( both positive and negative comments for sure)
Hang on, let me show you the reason
We are not finished yet
Now for the long shot, it shows how easily we can miss these little bundles of beauty
Now, you know why i went reverse order for the zoom!!
By the way, did i mention ` little’