Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Povestiri din Rajahstan 28. Templul Jagdish, Udaipur / Stories of Rajahsthan 28. Jagdish Temple, Udaipur

Jagdish Temple is the biggest temple in Udaipur. It was erected in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh and it have costed 1.5 millions Rp. The temple is the pilgrimage site for many devotees.

The exterior is very nice adorned with sculptures and bassoreliefs representing animals, dancers and wariors. The later are all beheaded, probably as a result of wars.

There have been worshipers inside. On the floor, some women were singing   Taking photographs inside the temple was prohibited but I didn't noticed the sign. When I heard the angry cry, I already took the picture...It was that of Vishnu with 4 arms, in the middle of the temple. There were also 4 smaller altars for Ganesh, Sun, Shakti and Shiva.

Coming out of the temple, Garuda, half man, half eagle, Vishnu's vehicle, was there, dressed up and adorned with flowers.

Templul Jagdish se afla in centrul orasului vechi din Udaipur, in imediata apropiere a muzeului City Palace. A fost construit in anul 1651, in timpul domniei lui Maharana Jagat Singh si se spune ca ar fi costat 1.5 milioane rupii, in vremea aceea! El este vizitat mereu de credinciosi care vin de departe, precum si de turistii care poposesc in Udaipur. Este cel mai mare templu din Udaipur.

Mai multe trepte de marmora alba urca spre poarta templului, vegheata de doi elefanti uriasi.
Un alt rand de trepte duce in templul propriu-zis:
Inainte insa de a intra, inconjuram templul, admirand minunatele sculpturi care reprezinta animale (elefanti, tigri), dansatoare si luptatori. Acestia din urma sunt toti decapitati, probabil vreo urmare a razboaielor purtate.
Varful templului este si el frumos decorat si culoarea sa alba iese minunat in evidenta pe fundalul cerului albastru inchis.
Inauntrul templului erau credinciosi care se rugau. Pe jos, niste femei cantau. In mijloc, in altarul principal, se gaseste o statuie a zeului Vishnu, cu patru brate, cioplita dintr-un singur bloc de piatra neagra. In jur, exista patru altare mai mici, inchinate lui Ganesh, Zeului Soare, Zeitei Shakti si Stapanului Shiva. Acesta este templul despre care  am amintit deja, in care nu mi-a fost permis fotografiatul in interior. Cand strigatul manios a pornit, eu apucasem deja sa apas pe declansator, chiar daca am miscat aparatul, cand m-a luat prin surprindere...
La iesirea din templu, chiar vis-a-vis de trepte, se afla un chatris care adaposteste statuia lui Garuda, vehicolul lui Vishnu, cel pe jumatate om, jumatate vultur. Pe internet am vazut fotografii ale acestei statui dar acum ea era imbracata, avea turban pe cap si era impodobita cu flori. Acestea se datorau probabil vreunei sarbatori. De altfel jos, in strada, se vindeau flori pentru ofrande.


20 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Lovely light and colors in your pictures, i like also the details in your pictures very much, and the last one is very good.

Greetings, Joop

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank so much, Joop!

pharaonx said...

nu-mi pot explica rabdarea de care au fost in stare cei ce au realizat asemenea sculpturi. probabil cu o astfel de rabdare s-au ridicat si piramidele sau alte momumente impresionante de pe glob. ma mir ca astfel de minuni nu sunt popularizate, si ca fotografii cu ele nu gasesti pe net la tot pasul.
oricum mi-a placut foarte mult poza cu batranul ce sta la intrarea in templu, figurina care sta cu fata spre pamint - fiecare coltisor trebuia valorificat, sa i se atribuie un sens. interesanta faza cu statuia imbracata.

* ma bucur ca-ti placura pozele mele.

Traveling Hawk said...

Ma bucura atentia cu care ma urmaresti, pharaonx si sensibilitatea comentariilor tale care pun mereu punctul pe "i"! Intr-o calatorie fiecare fotografiaza lucrurile la care vibreaza, stii asta, asa ca poate de aia nu gasesti exact aceste poze pe net: altora le-au placut alte lucruri, alte detalii :)

VP said...

I was surely impressed by the last two pictures, so beautiful in different ways.

Duncan D. Horne said...

Interesting commentary and great pictures as usual. You really bring India to life for me!

www.duncaninkuantan.blogspot.com

Traveling Hawk said...

I was also impressed by Garuda's statue, VP.Also I liked those flower vendors outside of temples.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, Duncan! I am happy that people from many countries follow my blog to read about my experience in India.

Scott said...

Incredible detail and work went into the carvings and statues. Your photos do an excellent job of showing that to us. Thanks.

Traveling Hawk said...

You are welcome, Scott! Thanks for visiting.

joo said...

Impressive and beautiful - thanks for showing!

Traveling Hawk said...

You are welcome, Joo!

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Thanks for showing us the Intricate carvings once again and the work that has gone into this post.

Traveling Hawk said...

It's my pleasure, J_on_tour!

Rizalenio said...

I like how the natural lights brought a lot of characters to your photos. The shadows on some photos made me think that those statues moved.

Again, those details on walls and roofs are fascinating. The second to the last photo looks very interesting. Made me think why his eyes are protruding.

Traveling Hawk said...

You are a considerate observer, Rizalenio, which makes you a good photographer! Thank you for the comment!

magda said...

Another series of stunning photos of a beautiful architecture!!!!
India is beautiful!
Greetings

Traveling Hawk said...

Hello, Magda! Thank you for your considerate comment.

Life Ramblings said...

wow, such an impressive temple and your photos are magical.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, Life Ramblings!