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Monday, January 30, 2012

Splendour in Stone

The following are some picture from Lepakshi Temple located in Ananthpur District in Southern Andra Pradesh. There are about 70 pillars in this fabulous 16th Century temple, but this one made of stone in the Vijayanagar style. Much of the temple is built on a low, rocky hill called Kurmasailam- which translates to tortoise hill in Telugu, after the shape of the hill.  
Once you reached the temple's outer enclosure, you will see a mammoth Ganesha - hewn in stone and leaning against a rock. Perpendicular to it is a massive naga with three coils and seven hoods. It forms a sheltering canopy over a black granite Shivalingam.
The temples main deity is Veerabhadra, the fiery god created by Shiva after the Daksha Yagna and Parvathi's immolation. There are several forms of Shiva here - a majestic Kankala Murthi, Dakshinamurthi etc. This temple is also the finest specimens of mural paintings of the Vijayanagar kings. From Hyderabad, it is about 480 kilometers and about 130 kilometers from Bangalore.

A monolithic Nandi

Shivalingam sheltered by a seven-hooded Naga

The elaborately carved pillars of amandapam in the temple

In early era, they were built several this type of structures by carving stones. But now we can't even think about the construction of sculptures by using stones.The reason is now people are become very lazy and they are now concentrating to earn more money without putting more efforts.  Now tourists from inside and outside from our country are enjoying to watch this type of sculptures built during decades ago and wondering about the quality of the work.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

My morning walk

Every day I used to walk from my home to Kundannur Junction through the side road of NH 47 and back which comes around 5 kilometers. Morning walks helps my body to control the cholostrol level, blood pressure, sugar etc. and also I am getting self confidence. It is a regular scene near the Mercedez Benz car showroom that drinking water is wasting from a pipe erected by the Kerala Water Authority in both ends of a canal. Following are the pathetic condition of the pipes and wastage of water.

In the following picture, some body tried to prevent the flow of drinking water by using the plastic coated paper, by in vain.

 Now thousands of people in Vypin and surrounding areas are facing acute shortage of drinking water. They will have to spent hours near the public tap for getting water. Water may come only during the mid night. Some times the long queue of people with buckets ends with quarrel among themselves. Agitations were conducted by them by participating thousands of ladies and children. Political parties have not seen taken this as a major issue as they wants people at the time of elections for getting their votes. The people in these areas still facing shortage of drinking water.
Being the situation, hundreds of litres of water is wasting from the pipes every day for the last one year. No body has taken care for rectifying the leakage. In my opinion, the authorities should take necessary urgent steps to stop the wastage of drinking water.
On sunday morning when I reached Kundannur Junction, Fire Force peoples struggling to clear the oil & diesel from the road which spread in connection with the accident. Following are some pictures.

 The following picture shows the dry banana kept near the road side which unloaded from the truck involved in the accident.
Now a days, accidents are regular in our roads. Every year the percentage of accidents are increasing. The main reason for the accident is the lapse on the part of the drivers. During the night time drivers some times fell asleep while driving. If the oil & diesel content in the road may not be completely removed, two wheeler riders  may be in trouble even the next one year of the accident.