Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter


×
Wikimedia commons

The temple is a Dravidian stone-cut construction molded of one of 400,000 tonnes of granite with the most precise proportions and complex handicraft work.

BY- JAYA CHOUDHARY

In Ellora, 29 kilometers from Aurangabad city, Maharashtra state, India, there's an old Hindu temple. It was established in the 8th century (757-783 BC) by Rashtrakuta King Krishna I (1200 years) who dominated the Indian Sub-continent between the 6th and 10th centuries and was dubbed the Kailasa Temple, the Sanskrit for "Kailasanatha." The entire narrative was recorded in the inscription of Kannada.


Kailasa is part of the Ellora caves, 34 temples, and monasteries, all sculpted rocks stretching for more than 2 km. The walls of a steep basalt cliff in the complex are excavated side by side. The temple Kailasa, or Mount Kailash in where Lord Shiva lives, is commonly called Kailashnath, which translates to the Lord Kailasha. The temple is a Dravidian stone-cut construction molded of one of 400,000 tonnes of granite with the most precise proportions and complex handicraft work.

Kailasha Temple The sanctuary contains pillars, windows, interior and outside spaces, assembly rooms, and a huge lingam in the center.Wikimedia commons

Archaeologists have come to the conclusion that three kinds of etching have been used for cutting this sanctuary by looking at the etch defects in the steep divisions. This sanctuary is supposed to have developed vertically from above because the basic designer has failed to cut the front.

Stepped sculptures are viewed via a two-story entrance into a u-formed yard bordered by a three-story segmented arcade consisting of huge gravure boards depicting vast models of a variety of divinities. The Bull Nandi is shown as a custom at each sanctuary consecrated to Lord Shiva before the principal sanctum sanctorum. The principal divinity measured 7 m in height and was based on two stories. In the base of the sanctuary, several elephants are carved into it, so that the entire sanctuary may be kept high by The Nandi Mandapa is connected to a large edifice in the form of the South Indian temple pyramid by a rock bridge.

ALSO READ: oldest functional temple of world mundeshwari temple

The sanctuary contains pillars, windows, interior and outside spaces, assembly rooms, and a huge lingam in the center. It is graved with the deities, mithuna, and many more figures in niches, plasters, windows, and pictures of these elephants. In his endeavor to lift Mount Kailasa with full might, Ravana's great sculpture exists. Shaivaite deities (Lord Shiva's followers) are mainly located on the left while the Vaishnavaite deities (Lord Vishnu's followers) are to the right. In the courtyard, there are also two Dhwajasthambha (flagstaff pillars).

In today's society, when we rely on technology for everything, it's impossible to imagine a time over twelve centuries ago when our forefathers could construct a whole edifice out of handshake using just a pair of hand tools and their bare hands. I like to think of the entire complex as proof that our forefathers had better talents and civilizations than we could possibly fathom.


Popular

Unsplash

Feminism itself is nothing but a simple movement that pursues equal rights for women (including transwomen) and against misogyny both external and internal.

"In India, to be born as a man is a crime, to question a woman is an atrocious crime, and this all because of those women who keep suppressing men in the name of feminism."

Feminism, a worldwide movement that started to establish, define and defend equal rights for women in all sections- economically, politically, and socially. India, being a patriarchal society gives a gender advantage to the men in the society thus, Indian feminists sought to fight against the culture-specific issue for women in India. Feminism itself is nothing but a simple movement that pursues equal rights for women (including transwomen) and against misogyny both external and internal. It states nowhere that women should get more wages than men, that women deserve more respect than men, that's pseudo-feminism.

Keep Reading Show less
wikimedia commons

Yakshi statue by Kanayi Kunjiraman at Malampuzha garden, Kerala

Kerala is a land of many good things. It has an abundance of nature, culture, art, and food. It is also a place of legend and myth, and is known for its popular folklore, the legend of Yakshi. This is not a popular tale outside the state, but it is common knowledge for travellers, especially those who fare through forests at night.

The legend of the yakshi is believed to be India's equivalent of the Romanian Dracula, except of course, the Yakshi is a female. Many Malayalis believe that the Yakshi wears a white saree and had long hair. She has a particular fragrance, which is believed to be the fragrance of the Indian devil-tree flowers. She seduces travellers with her beauty, and kills them brutally.

Keep Reading Show less
Pinterest

Ancient India not only made mentions of homosexuality but accepted it as well.


The LGBTQ+ acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others. In India LGBTQ+ community also include a specific social group, part religious cult, and part caste: the Hijras. They are culturally defined either as "neither men nor women" or as men who become women by adopting women's dress and behavior. Section 377 of the India Penal code that criminalized all sexual acts "against the order of nature" i.e. engaging in oral sex or anal sex along with other homosexual activities were against the law, ripping homosexual people off of their basic human rights. Thus, the Indian Supreme Court ruled a portion of Section 377 unconstitutional on 6th September 2018.

Keep reading... Show less