We have seen an entire series on the horsemen of the Sesharaya Mandabam in Srirangam, so time now to start with another one.
Horses have always held the imagination of men, warriors, artists, sculptures. The horse rider is an embodiment of valor and its not surprising that the Pancing horse inspires many creations of art ( and cars!!). The energy of the horse, flowing through its every muscle, bone, sinew, waiting for the rider’s clue to gallop away at top speed, the feel the wind against your face is a sure rush of blood ( today’s youth who haven’t experienced it can compare to riding a 500 cc Bullet) – the sheer power between your legs ( no pun intended) is exhilarating. The charging cavalry with their outstretched lances would have sent many an enemy scampering. Many a kid would have gone to sleep hearing the heroics of valiant horses of benevolent heroes – be it Bucephalus of Alexander, Chetak of Prithiv Raj Chauhan or steeds of tamil folklore – Ori of Valvil Ori, Panchakalyani of Raja Desingu – the tok tok tok tok would have been the lullaby to many being heard long into their sleep in their dreams.
Today, we are going to see one such amazing horse rider, in a town and temple that is famous for a greater miracle involving horses ( we will see that in a seperate post) – thanks to artist Mr Jeeva, we are going to Aavudayar temple ( Tiruperundurai).
An amazing artist, Mr Jeeva ( www.jeevartistjeeva.blogspot.com) is sharing an exclusive digital art of the horse for us. So before we see the sculpture lets see his amazing work.
Temples built around this period ( late 14th C onwards – Nayak / Vijayanagar style) abound with such depictions. Sadly, visitors don’t even stop a minute to drink in the beauty of these marvels in stone.
Lets look at the beauty of this creation in more detail. The saddle, the stirrup, the reins, the designs of the riding pants … how did they manage to sculpt this in stone.
The weapons of the rider, the beauty of the lance. Its hard to believe that they are all of the same stone.
Not just the same stone as the sculpture, but part of a large stone that is the pillar.
Truly, mind blowing.
Photos: courtesy Mr . Kandaswamy