Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My World - Historical Banavasi

Sixteen hundred years ago, Mayura Sharma, the man who founded the Kadamba dynasty of Banavasi , had no idea that he would be the founder of a great dynasty. He was just a young Brahmin scholar who was studying in the university of Kanchi.
Everything changed when Mayura was insulted by a cavalry soldier of the Pallavas of Kaanchi. The enraged young man gave up his studies, changed his name to Mayura Varma, befitting a warrior, and built a strong army , which eventually defeated the Pallavas.
This temple complex , which has the inscription that tells us this historic fact is in Banavasi, a small town on the fringes of the forests of the Western Ghats.
He named his dynasty after the Kadamba tree, which grows in these parts. This temple to Shiva was built by Mayura Varma in the 4th century A.D.

The Kingdom of the Kadambas extended from Orissa to Goa in the west. The state transport buses of Goa are called Kadamba.

My thanks to Sylvia, Klaus, Wren, Sandy and the Fishing Guy.

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  1. Marvelous captures and I'm always fascinated by your country's history! Terrific post for the day! Hope your week is off to a great start!


  2. Interesting historical facts. Great visuals too.

  3. fascinating! it's amazing how these structures have withstood time...and it looks like these temples would remain here to retell the story.

  4. This is a beautiful historical site to visit. I like the stone carvings on the wall and those on the elephant. The place looks very serene and calm, with coconut trees providing a rustic backdrop.

  5. I never heard about Kadamba Dynasty before! Totally new to me!
    He must be very strong men to defect the Pallavas!

  6. Interesting to read about the history. And the monuments seem very well-maintained too. So serene...one characteristic of ancient buildings, temples, especially. Loved your post!