Chikka Mahakuteshwara Temple, Mahakuta

Photos and videos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra After experiencing the splendour of the magnificent rock cut cave-temples at Badami, before heading back to Hampi, we stopped at Mahakuta group of temples. Chikka Mahakuteshwara Temple complex or Mahakuta temple as it is known in short, is a group of living temples,... Continue Reading →

ऋतश्री, the True Beauty – Protection

Today we explore the theme -- Protection. Divine always protects. But we have to become worthy of that divine protection. We have to protect that tiny flame of aspiration that burns within. We have to be vigilant and be on our guard against all sorts of forces that seek to deviate us from the path.... Continue Reading →

ऋतश्री, the True Beauty – Dawn

This third part of the series ‘ऋतश्री – the True Beauty,’ explores the theme – Dawn. The following lines from Sri Aurobindo, taken from his commentary on the opening section of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, describe perfectly the deeper symbolism of Dawn for an aspirant on the path of Light. "...as day is the symbol of... Continue Reading →

ऋतश्री, the True Beauty – Attachment

In this second part of the series 'ऋतश्री – the True Beauty,' the theme we explore is - Attachment. The coming of new year brings with it a time to rekindle one's innermost aspiration, to make renewed efforts with greater sincerity and a more complete surrender. It is also a time for a sincere aspirant... Continue Reading →

ऋतश्री, the True Beauty – Aspiration

This new photo-feature series titled 'ऋतश्री – the True Beauty' will present selected words from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother around a specific theme. The themes chosen under this series will speak of a few aspects concerning the inner journey and the path. It is in the Light of these words that the accompanying photographs... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Badami 4

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 2 Having spent some time exploring the Badami rock-cut cave temples 1, 2 and 3 in our earlier posts we now move to the last and the smallest of the four caves. Cave 1 is dedicated to Lord Shiva, caves 2 and... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Badami 3

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 2 We continue our exploration of the famous Badami cave temples carved out of the soft red sandstone atop a hill. After exploring caves 1 and 2 we now climb up to cave 3, and the exterior view itself makes us stop... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Badami 2

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 1 As we start climbing up the steps to reach cave 2, we turn around and take one more look at the majestic cave temple 1 with Nataraja who has already stolen our hearts!   Dedicated primarily to Lord Vishnu, cave 2... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Badami 1

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra   After Aihole (see three parts - 1, 2, 3), we now travel to Badami for a completely different aesthetic experience.  Badami was the capital of the early Chalukyas who ruled much of Karnataka during the 6th to 8th centuries. Situated on the banks of... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Aihole 3

Continued from Part 2 Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra After Pulakeshin I established the Chalukya kingdom making Badami its capital in 543 CE, a great phase of experimentation and innovation in temple architecture began in the southern region of Karnataka. In parts 1 and 2 we explored various temples at... Continue Reading →

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