I had given a mere glimpse of this incredible and relatively unknown beauty set in Rural Karnataka near Mysore in India in an earlier blog titled WATER IS LIFE.

This is the region irrigated by the Mythical and Revered River of Southern India, River Kaveri.

Behold and see Nature set in Stone in The Keshava Temple , Somnathapura, Karnataka, India.

Ancient Majesty

The Signature Architecture of the Hoysala Dynasty who ruled over 1200 years ago, are the Rolling Pillars you see in the picture below.

Rolling Pillars 

Nature set in Stone surrounds each deity of the temple both inside and outside.

Nature in Stone

Do observe the rich greenery including the Sky reaching Coconut Trees that encompass this overpowering and magical temple set  in Stone.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

61 thoughts on “ROLLING PILLARS”

  1. More incredible masonry work, such intricate stone fret-work. And has anybody any idea of how they would have achieved those perfectly ‘turned’ Rolling Pillars? They look like they have come off some sort of lathe . . . Amazing.

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      1. We perceive it only as a river, which is water. The magical parts are mythical and maybe if you are lucky could be reality too. Myth has no scientific basis and faith alone supports it.

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      2. Ram Setu was conceived as mythical, NASA satellite gives name age Adam’s Bridge. We all became happy.

        Saraswati river, frequently mentioned as Vedas also alleged by intellectuals, recent study gives evidence of its presence. Thin line between Myth and reality😜

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  2. Amazing work, art, whatever you call, but I try to imagine those people, how long did it take to finish the whole story on these temple stones… Can you imagine, should have been someone like me, and taken pictures during all these process… 🙂 All works in the past like these stones fascinate me always. Thank you dear Mukul, you took me there again. Happy New Year, Love, nia

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  3. Aha, I found this . . .
    “Significance of Hoysala Dynasty
    The period of the Hoysala regime had a lot of significance with regards to the growth of architecture, art, religion, and culture in South India. One of the principal reasons why the Hoysala Dynasty is kept in mind is that the temple architecture of the kingdom was remarkable. If you visit Karnataka, you will see that more than hundred Hoysala temples and places of worship still exist and they are spread out over the whole state. The famous temples and shrines set up by the Hoysala rulers include the Chennakesava Temple at Belur, the Kesava Temple at Somanathapura, and the Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu. The monarchs of this dynasty were also supporters of fine arts and they promoted writing in Sanskrit and Kannada language. Halebid, Belur, and Somnathapura house the most famous temples and shrines built during their regime. “

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