Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My World Tuesday

The Maricamba temple in Sirsi, which was built in 1688, has beautiful Kavi paintings decorating its walls and corridors.
The red -and - white designs are done by hand. In the olden days, the paints were obtained by using red earth and some special herbs.

At the entrance of the temple is a pair of stone elephants.
Animals like buffaloes and sheep used to be sacrificed to the goddess Maricamba in this temple. In 1933, Mahatma Gandhi, who visited Sirsi, refused to enter the temple because of such cruel practices. Since then, animal sacrifices have been stopped .
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14 comments:

  1. what lovely paintings. so beautiful.

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  2. What a gorgeous, colorful place! I love it! I am glad that animals are not sacrificed there any more. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Sylvia

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  3. The red on white made the building so outstanding. Nice! Have a beautiful week.

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  4. Great plce, interesting info on animal sacrifices there.

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  5. Wow - love those amazing murals. Such a charming place!

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  6. was not aware of the mahatma gandhi part of history.. thank you

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  7. So beautiful colors, red and white. I've just been to Borobudur and Prambanan in Indonesia, and just like Angkor Wat, these temples have Hindu influences. I've also posted some of my photos.

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  8. A very colourful place, with an equally colourful history.

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  9. What a beautiful place with the prominent red color and such intricate painting.

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  10. It is a beautiful building, love the red and white paintngs. I am happy to hear the animal sacrifices have stopped.

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  11. interesting post, beautiful paintings on the temple

    Epitome of Eternal Love

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  12. I haven't come across a temple like that...it's incredibly beautiful!!

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  13. Beautiful photos. Very unusual but like it.

    Cher
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  14. I am also from B'lore ( R.R.Nagar) and your blog is very beautiful and informative. You have inspired me to visit the Marikamba temple in Sirsi. I will be visiting your blog frequently to gather any tips and info and gardening.

    I also love gardening and have a small Terrace garden where I grow vegetables. I have recently started blogging and would love to have you visit my blog and provide your comments.

    The link is given below
    http://xploreandxpress.blogspot.com

    Regards
    Malathi

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