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Architectural Harmony Of The Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple


The village of Nandi at the foot of the Nandi Hills, about 60kms to the north of Bengaluru, is home to the beautiful temple of Bhoga Nandeeshwara. The temple, dating back to the 9th century, features elements related to the Dravidian, Hoysala and Vijayanagara schools of architecture. The temple is a fantastic example of the cumulative harmony of culture - each of the elements is distinct and yet is integral to the entire monument without over-riding any other element. This would be in direct contrast to monuments (especially those related to the Sultanates and Mughals) where older monuments were destroyed and their components used to create a new one.

The Nandi hills and the beautiful Pinakini Kote
The Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple complex can be divided into four sections: the outer enclave, the temples, the halls and the tank. All sections other than the main temple bear a prominent Vijayanagara badge and are the more recent (about 16th century) additions to the complex. The…

Under The Sands Of Talakadu


The town of Talakadu, located about 45km from Mysuru, is a curious place. It is located on the left (northern) bank of the Kaveri, surrounded by high mounds of sand. Under these sands, it is believed, lie the remains of over thirty temples that were a site of active worship and pilgrimage up to the 17th century. What had followed then can be best summarized as an ecological disaster. Or as the locals would have it - a curse.

The sands of Talakadu
A few of these temples have been unearthed (or, unsanded?).


The Curse Of Talakadu

The curse of Talakadu inflicted by Queen Alamelamma of Srirangapatanam on the Wodeyars of Mysore has three aspects which are translated as: "May Talakadu be filled with sand; Malangi (on the other bank) be a whirlpool, Mysore Kings shall not have offsprings". The first and the last aspect have held true over a course of three centuries.

While one is unsure about the genetics of the Wodeyar Family, the first aspect - Talakadu under s…

Mandu - Arches Of The Malwa Sultanate


Mandu - or Mandavgarh or Mandav - is described as a place lost in time. The old fortress of Mandav is perched at the southern edge of Malwa, overlooking the Narmada. It assumed importance in the 13th century when the Parmara kings of Dhar shifted their capital here due to its elevation and strategic natural defences. Mandav saw its glory days in the 15th-16th centuries under the Khilji Dynasty - an offshoot of the Delhi Sultanate. Subsequent power struggles saw the gradual decline of Mandav. The 18th century gave the last fatal blow to the town when the Marathas shifted the capital of Malwa back to Dhar.

The arches of the Hindola Mahal in Mandav
Almost three centuries later, the old town still reminds people of its glory in the magnificent monuments that have remarkably stood the test of time - with their timeless arches and design synergy between the earth, the light and the water.


Getting In And Around

The primary access for Mandav is through Indore, via Dhar. Man…