Feb 24, 2011

Warangal Fort

Warangal Fort, an architectural splendor of thirteenth century; I got to see its ruins and remains. The Kakatiya king Ganapati Deva undertook the construction of this fort, his daughter Rani Rudrama completed it. This tremendously strong and powerful construction, result of the combined effort of this father daughter duo boasts of the workmanship of those artisans centuries back whose only tools were the chisel and hammer.


The architectural brilliance is still visible in the eroded, broken and damaged sculpted pieces. The pic above is of the Nandi idol, one of the structures in a better off condition than the others. The macro shots below, the actual size of the sculpted pieces are as less as one cm.



The "Swayambu Devalayam" temple is surrounded by four tall gateway carved out of stone. These are called the Keerti Toranas. It is made from one single stone. The efforts to keep them standing and defeat the weathering effects of time are visible. In ruins today, yet these mute sculpted pieces stir my heart. I roam around aimlessly among these propped up structures clicking away at my pace and will. I focus one for Skywatch post and my 14 year old pops in, “Mama, take my shot.”


35 comments:

Joop Zand said...

As always very nice and interesting, well done indrani.

warm greetings from Holland, Joop

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous, fascinating post as always, Indrani! And, as always, your photos are superb! I'm sure your 14 year old will be another great photographer!! Hope you both have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

George said...

The gateway is absolutely gorgeous. It's difficult imagining something that beautifully intricate being created with hammers and chisels. But the detail in those small sculptures are also hard to imagine.
I like the photo of your 14-year old!

ladyfi said...

Wow - fascinating place and so old... I can feel the history!

Hilary said...

Wow that's incredible detail.. just amazing!

Bob Bushell said...

The beauty of the Indian people, and you have added your photography, brilliant.

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eileeninmd said...

Great shots, Indrani! The gateway is cool looking. Amazing structures, thanks for sharing!

Sridharan said...

Fascinating place indeed...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Looking at the sky through the arch--what fun!

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Do not favor night over day;
They always look up,
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And keeping it full’s their cachet!


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Lorac said...

The stone carvings, the temples, all beautiful!

SandyCarlson said...

Just trying to take in the size of this beautiful place. The magnitude. Wow. I am always awed by the lyrical, graceful movement of the carved figures in these decidedly firm structures.

Luna Miranda said...

magnificent! the artisans did an excellent job---the details are just stunning.

The Write Girl said...

What architectural wonder. I like the last photo especially. Lovely trip for the whole family. Happy Sky Watch!

Carver said...

The last shot is delightful. I also like the shots that show the fort and ruins both in detail and wider shots. It's incredible to me that so much detail could be achieved on such large works with a hammer and a chisel.

Kay L. Davies said...

Ancient ruins seem to touch some kind of cellular memory in people.
Beautiful photos of a wonderful place, Indrani. Thank you for sharing them with us.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. This architectural marvel is definitely on my wish list.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

Chasing the sun down

forgetmenot said...

So amazing what beautiful work they could do so long ago with such primitive tools. Nice post.

Regina said...

Exotic carving and structures!
Thank you for sharing.
Happy SWF.
Have a great weekend.
Regina

Anu said...

good one! I esp loved the last! my son did the same thing at Aurangabad!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Incredible place and stunning monuments! Good job.

SKIZO said...

Wonderful
work
good creations

Wren said...

It must be wonderful to see these in person. The details in the photos are fascinating, and I love that the daughter finished the fort.

If you must live inside a fort, lovely walls help.

Genie said...

I would love to know the secrets all of these stones hold from years ago. This is an phenomenal architectural accomplishment. Thanks so much for sharing and including all of the interesting history. Your shots tell a wonderful story.

Viola said...

Very interesting! I like ruins.. And your photos are so very lovely! Fun to see your daughter poping in on the last photo, great!! :))

arabesque said...

and although i can only see a vague figure of your daughter, i still think it's a gr8 photograph.
the ruins are an interesting sight to see and fascinating to discover its history.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Fantastic workmanship. I also wonder how in the world did they place those massive stone pieces.

Pietro said...

What a wonderful place, fabulous monuments! I enjoy these pictures!

Binky said...

That is a beautiful stone gateway. I've never seen anything like that. Amazing.

Cloudia said...

Thank you for showing me such wonders





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Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

So intricate and so awesome!!!
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YOSEE said...

Loved the Thoranas.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Intricate, Square pillars are something we see in temples of Gadag

Emm said...

Wow, these structures are exquisite! I love ruins and remains and would love to visit such a place.