The best specimen of Kalyana Chalukya temple architecture is the Mahadeva Temple at Itagi. Just over an hour’s drive from Hampi, this temple is described as Devalaya Chakravarti in an inscription dated 1112 CE meaning Emperor among Temples. Art historian Henry Cousens described this monument as ‘the finest in Kannada country after Halebidu’.
The 22 acre park is open all year round from 8 am to sunset and has two types of deer - the fallow deer (native to the region) and the sika deer (native to Asia). There are also wild boar in the park but they are kept in an enclosed space.
Isn’t it remarkable how two contemporary communities engaged in the same profession, living in regions with similar climate built mansions which are so similar to each other in purpose, plan and decoration?
Just 200 km north of Jaipur is one of the best kept secrets of Rajasthan, the Shekhawati region which is dotted with grand mansions (called havelis) covered profusely with murals giving it the name ‘open air art gallery’.
The mansions of Chettinad tell tales of entrepreneurial success and creative genius. Sadly, there seems to be no one willing to listen. Do take a weekend off and spend it amongst these magnificent monuments.
The Bucheshwara Temple at Koravangala and its scenic setting make it a great destination for a day-trip from Bangalore. Do take a detour from the well-trodden Hoysala Temple Circuit to explore this classic Hoysala temple.
Aarhus cathedral may not be grand and magnificent compared to other Gothic cathedrals across Europe but is worth visiting as it has elements from the different periods of history from 1200 CE onwards and is almost a crash course on the successive religious and art movements that took place in this part of Europe. Tied closely with the cathedral is also the history of Aarhus and its legacy as a port city of the Vikings.
Inspired by the European paintings of Roman and Greek mythology, Ravi Varma painted scenes from Indian mythology and classic Sanskrit plays in addition to portraits of his patrons and scenes from everyday life.
Lepakshi, just 120 km Bangalore, has many stories for those willing to listen. The rocks, the sculptures, the paintings, the legends are all vying for your attention.
The first capital of the Travancore Rulers was not at Thiruvananthapuram but 50 km south in a place called Padmanabhapuram. Today a palace complex built mostly with wood and spread over a vast area stands as a reminder of the glory of the Travancore rulers.