Culture · Daily Life · People

For whom the bells toll

Bells hang from the ceiling in a temple and each worshipper rings his/her own combination when entering. It is supposed to aid the inner awakening.

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Architecture · Doors · Heritage

Sitaram Bagh Temple – Door

One would be familiar with my fascination with doors an doorways. So I couldn’t pass this opportunity. The door stood out with¬† very bright colours in contrast to the whitewashed walls.¬† I could have framed just the door, but leaving the gopuram in the frame would tell it was a temple door and those in the know that it was indeed the Sitaram Bagh Temple.

Text from INTACH.
Located near Mangalhat, Sitaram Bagh is a vast complex of temples, samadhis, residential quarters and open areas. The main temple complex consists of a series of quadrangles. Each time one enters a courtyard there is a sense of being overwhelmed by the style, scale and grace of the various structures and architectural elements. Every new courtyard is sure to present a new facet, and thus the complex provides endless surprises.

The main temple has not been interfered with, and retains its original settings and grandeur. The most notable aspect of the Sitaram Bagh temple complex provides endless surprises. Sitaram Bagh temple complex is a rare blending of the Moghul-Rajput styles with Qutub Shahi architecture. Some of the structures in the complex are said to be about 200 years old.

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Text from INTACH.
Located near Mangalhat, Sitaram Bagh is a vast complex of temples, samadhis, residential quarters and open areas. The main temple complex consists of a series of quadrangles. Each time one enters a courtyard there is a sense of being overwhelmed by the style, scale and grace of the various structures and architectural elements. Every new courtyard is sure to present a new facet, and thus the complex provides endless surprises.

The main temple has not been interfered with, and retains its original settings and grandeur. The most notable aspect of the Sitaram Bagh temple complex provides endless surprises. Sitaram Bagh temple complex is a rare blending of the Moghul-Rajput styles with Qutub Shahi architecture. Some of the structures in the complex are said to be about 200 years old.

Text from INTACH.
Located near Mangalhat, Sitaram Bagh is a vast complex of temples, samadhis, residential quarters and open areas. The main temple complex consists of a series of quadrangles. Each time one enters a courtyard there is a sense of being overwhelmed by the style, scale and grace of the various structures and architectural elements. Every new courtyard is sure to present a new facet, and thus the complex provides endless surprises.

The main temple has not been interfered with, and retains its original settings and grandeur. The most notable aspect of the Sitaram Bagh temple complex provides endless surprises. Sitaram Bagh temple complex is a rare blending of the Moghul-Rajput styles with Qutub Shahi architecture. Some of the structures in the complex are said to be about 200 years old.

Architecture · Heritage

Sitaram Bagh Temple

The smaller Garudas placed on the top made the whole structure look rather appealing in my opinion. I waited for some pigeons to land there or fly past them, possibly would have made a good attempt at a “decisive moment” frame. No such luck on the day! Well maybe another time.

Text from INTACH.
Located near Mangalhat, Sitaram Bagh is a vast complex of temples, samadhis, residential quarters and open areas. The main temple complex consists of a series of quadrangles. Each time one enters a courtyard there is a sense of being overwhelmed by the style, scale and grace of the various structures and architectural elements. Every new courtyard is sure to present a new facet, and thus the complex provides endless surprises.

The main temple has not been interfered with, and retains its original settings and grandeur. The most notable aspect of the Sitaram Bagh temple complex provides endless surprises. Sitaram Bagh temple complex is a rare blending of the Moghul-Rajput styles with Qutub Shahi architecture. Some of the structures in the complex are said to be about 200 years old.

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Culture · People · Street

Bonalu

Bonalu is a common man’s festival. Apart from the major temples across the city, there are numerous small temples on any given street that celebrate the Bonalu, where women can make their offerings to the Goddess. Most of these temples are decorated with art/symbols that are bright and colourful and very often depict the Goddess, the women who make offerings and the soothsayers or the potharajus.

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Architecture · Doors · Heritage

Purana Pul Darwaza

It is said, many stone walls surrounded Hyderabad, but with the Mughal conquest they were brought down and new ones constructed in their place. Many of these were destroyed during the floods in 1908 and only two of these remain. One of them is the Purana pul Darwaza which is said to be constructed in the 15th century and the other is the Dabeerpura Gate.

From what remains of the Musi river it is indeed difficult to imagine it was a river once upon a time, leave alone the possibility of it flooding.

That this door survived the weather, floods and the innumerable coats of paint, makes me wonder if it is possibly the oldest door I might have ever seen. Close up shots of this door can be see here, here and here

The image is an early morning scene at the Darwaza on a cloudy morning where milkmen make a brief stopover. There is a temple to the side of this very old doorway. How those images got there is something I am trying to figure out as well.

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A family climbing down after a pooja at the temple on top of Golconda Fort. The temple has some interesting history It is noteworthy that the leaders of the Quli Qutb Shahi dynasty have kept the temple intact. A great example of religious tolerance from the leaders of the era.

The Maha Kali Temple to this date exists in the premises of the Fort. And as the story goes the Fort derives its name from the name Golla Konda, which in Telugu means The Shepherds Hill. It is so said that a little shepherd boy came across an idol which lead to the construction of a mud fort by the then Kaktiya Dynasty ruler of the Kingdom which is today known as the Maha Kali Temple(Temple of Goddess Kali).

Source: http://www.famous-india.com/forts/golconda-fort.html

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