Today I went to the Lotus Temple for a short while. A Bahai House of Worship, it is a beautiful structure made of marble, and open to all religions. Shaped like a lotus (and hence the name), it is a nice place for a quiet little evening.
Given its shape, the Lotus Temple is a great place to shoot some abstracts. I do feel that someone who has spent some time studying buildings and architecture could have done much more justice to it!
The Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur is really quite a structure. Like the name, the Gol Gumbaz is a very imposing structure, exuding power and dominance. While the Taj Mahal looks feminine and graceful, the Gol Gumbaz looks quite masculine and powerful 😀
The Gol Gumbaz is one of the largest domed structures in the world. It also boasts of a Whispering Gallery with fantastic accoustics. The king and queen stood on opposite ends of the dome and communicated in this way 🙂
The beautiful Paigah tombs, located near Char Minar, were a revelation. I assumed I would find something very similar to the other tombs that exist in Hyderabad. Instead, while the tombs are in a state of decay, the craftsmanship on display here is still pretty amazing. Apparently, the tombs represent a blend of Mughal, Greek, Persian, Rajasthani and Deccan style of architecture.
Aihole is a small town , about 50 kms from Badami. The interesting thing about this place is that the village settlement is sprinkled amongst the ruins. Various temples and structures are located behind the villagers’ huts, and it’s easy to find locals sitting in these ancient buildings for a leisurely chat 🙂
Villagers in Aihole –
Our local guide, who went by the name of Prabhu. He wasn’t really an official guide, but then he was very eager to show us around 🙂
Prabhu and his friend Nagarjuna –
Trying to show us something called “Ulta Pulta” 😀 Still can’t figure out what that quite was…
Rock cut caves in Aihole –
Structural temple architecture –