India Temples in Photos and Stories

photo-reportage by Wiesław Sadurski, 170 original photos and few stories


The meaning of the dance of Shiva,
Ganesha created from Shiva laughter


Annamalaiya Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Annamalaiya Temple

Ekamba Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple

Auroville Golden Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Auroville Golden Temple

Auroville Golden Temple 08, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Auroville Golden Temple

Wiesław Sadurski at Auroville Golden Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Wiesław Sadurski at Auroville Golden Temple

Arunachala Ramana Ashram, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Arunachala Ramana Ashram

India Dog Monk, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Dog Monk

Ekamba Temple Backside, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Backside

Shiva Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Shiva Temple

Shiva Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Shiva Temple


SRI MANAKULA VINAYAGAR TEMPLE in Pondicherry

was built before the 15th century. It is only 400 metres away from the Bay of Bengal in the White Town of Pondicherry. This shrine is dedicated to a form of Lord Ganesha – Bhavaneshar Ganapathy.

Trimurti is a concept in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance and destruction are personified in the forms of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Guardian and Shiva the Destroyer.

Lord Shiva has 1008 names and is a master of dance, yoga and art patron, ascet, benefactor, head of the family, the destroyer. Symbolizes killing and renewing aspect of divinity. Dance of Shiva symbolizes the destruction and the creation of the cosmos constantly made by him. If he would stop dancing - the world would cease to exist, but the dance of Shiva never stops, so the world will not perish. We are so lucky!

Shaivism is the oldest of the four major sects of Hinduism. The followers of Saivism worship Shiva as the Supreme Being. They believe that Shiva is the creator, protector, destroyer, revealer and corrector of all that is.


LORD GANESHA

is widely revered as he removes the obstacles so spiritual as well as material, patron of the arts and sciences, written letters, the deva of intellect and wisdom. He is the god of abundance, success and prosperity, represents vitality and strength.

Ganesha is depicted as polite, kind, friendly, humorous, clever, funny, and sometimes playing pranks. As God of beginnings he is honored at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies. He is one of the most important, most popular, most available of all Indian gods, worshiped at the shrine in almost every street.

For devout Hindus statue of Ganesha is the first thing that comes to their new home. Blessing this house and promises happiness. In the philosophical interpretation embodies the human ego control and ensures that even the smallest creatures contain divinity. He is also on almost every invitation to the wedding. Embodies the ideal image of a Hindu family.

There are plenty of stories about Ganesha; I like the one that says that he was created from Shiva laughter.


Ekamba Temple 01, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple 01

Ekamba Temple 0, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple 02

Ekamba Temple Idols, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Idols

Ekamba Temple Columns, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Columns

Ekamba Temple Tower Statues, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Tower Statues

Ekamba Temple Tower  detail, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Tower detail

Ekamba Temple Ganesha on Pig, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Ganesha on Pig

Ekamba Temple Ganesha  detail, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Ganesha detail

Ekamba Temple Rooftop 12, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Rooftop 12

Ekamba Temple Rooftop Nandin, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Rooftop Nandin

Ekamba Temple Rooftop, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Rooftop

Ekamba Temple Rooftop 1, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Rooftop 1

Ekamba Temple Rooftop 16, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Rooftop 16

Ekamba Temple Rooftop 17, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Rooftop 17

Ekamba Temple Deity on Peacock, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Deity on Peacock

Lord Shiva is depicted with a third eye,

when he loses patience, third eye opens, burns and turns all into ashes. On his head is a crescent; waxing and waning moon cycle represents the time during which the creation evolves from beginning to end. In his right hand is a trident, which can be understood as symbolic unity of the three worlds of man - his inner world, the next world and the general world.

Lord Shiva has 6 heads, of which only five are visible, while the sixth is visible only for the enlightened. Lord Shiva smears his body with ashes, what represents the end of all material existence. He wears five serpents on the neck and a garland of skulls as a decoration.

In the Mahabharata, Shiva is depicted as a standard of integrity, power and terror, as well as a form of honor, joy and radiance. The duality of the terrible and beautiful attributes of Shiva appears in contrasting names. It occurs both as an ascetic yogi and as host - exclusive roles in Hindu society.

Lord Shiva is depicted with four arms. Holding ax and hand corner of the upper arm, in the lower pair bow and arrow. After the destruction of Tripura, the three cities of iron, silver and gold - on earth, in heaven and paradise - painted on his forehead three streaks of ashes. It has become a symbol of Shiva and is still practiced today by Sadhus and Shaivitus.

NATARAJA - one of the names of Shiva -
in dance of ecstasy has raised his left leg, pointing to the right, bent at the knee. Cobra is unwounding from his lower right arm and a crescent moon and a skull are on his chest.

Upper right hand holds a drum, which symbolizes the initial sound of creation and the passage of time. The upper left hand holds the fire that symbolizes destruction.

Lower left hand points to the raised foot representing the liberation. The second right hand in a mudra gesture manifests patronage against evil and ignorance for those who live in righteousness of Dharma. Snake around his waist is kundalini, a symbol of divine energy that lives in all things.

When Nataraja is dancing his dance in which the universe is created, sustained and destroyed - his long hair tied usually in a knot loosen up and hit the planets and stars, throwing them out of their orbits or completely destroying. Surrounding flames represent the manifest universe.

The meaning of the dance of Shiva can be explained by: Firstly, as the image of rhythm game, the source of all movement within the universe. Secondly, the purpose of the dance is to free the souls of all the people from the snares of illusion and ignorance. Thirdly - the place of dance, presented as the center of the universe - is actually in the heart.

Ekamba Temple in India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple 02

Ekamba Temple Rooftop 7, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Rooftop 7

Ekamba Temple Rooftop 9, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Rooftop 9

Ekamba Temple Shrine ornat, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Shrine ornat

Ekamba Temple Shrine single, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Shrine single

Ekamba Temple Shrine top, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Shrine top

Jin Buddha Statue, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Jin Buddha Statue

Ekamba Temple Tower statues, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Temple Tower statues

Wiesław Sadurski at Ekamba Temple, photo

Wiesław Sadurski at Ekamba Temple

Jin Elephant statue, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Jin Elephant statue

Jin Emblem, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Jin Emblem

Monk praying, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Monk praying

Monk Ladies in Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Monk Ladies in Temple



Sri Ramana Maharisi Statue, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Sri Ramana Maharisi Statue

Rathas Temple 06, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple 06

Sri Ramana Maharisi Altar photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Sri Ramana Maharisi Altar

in India Krishna Butterball, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Krishna Butterball

Rathas Temple 01, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple 01

Rathas Temple 02, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple 01

Rathas Temple 03, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple 03

Rathas Temple 05, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple 05

Rathas Temple 10, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple 10

MAHABALIPURAM SHORE TEMPLE
It's a beautiful romantic temple, destroyed by the wind and the sea, built in the middle of the 7th century AD century, later rebuilt. Two towers of the temple contain shrines for Shiva. A third and earlier shrine is dedicated to Vishnu and houses his reclining image.

Meaning Shore Temple is so great that a few years ago was placed on the World Heritage List. After that was built a giant rock wall, which is designed to protect the temple from further erosion. Although most of the details of sculptures disappeared over the centuries, an extraordinary amount remains, especially inside the shrines.

Rathas Temple 04, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple 04

Rathas Temple 07, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple 07

Rathas Temple 08, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple 08

Rathas Temple 09, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple 09

Rathas Temple 11, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple 11

Rathas Temple 12, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple 12

Ekamba Ganesha Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ekamba Ganesha Temple

Rathas Temple Wiesław Sadurski, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple Dance, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rathas Temple Dance

Sadhu Gathering for the lunch, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Sadhu Gathering for the lunch

Shore Temple 05, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Shore Temple 05

Shore Temple 01, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Shore Temple 01

Shore Temple 03, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Shore Temple 03

Shore Temple 86, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Shore Temple 86

Shore Temple 08, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Shore Temple 08

Shore Temple 09, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Shore Temple 09

Shore Temple 10, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Shore Temple 10

Shore Temple 11, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Shore Temple 11

Shore Temple 12, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Shore Temple 12

Shore Temple 13, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Shore Temple 13

Shore Coast Temple 13, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Shore Coast Temple 13

India Mani Temple 02, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Mani Temple 02

India Mani Temple 03, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Mani Temple 03

India Mani Temple 05, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Mani Temple 05

India Mani Temple 09, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Mani Temple 09

India Mani Temple 10, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Mani Temple 10

India Mani Temple 13, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Mani Temple 13

India Mani Temple 14, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Mani Temple 14

India Mani Temple 15, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Mani Temple 15

Varaha Cave Temple is a rock-cut cave temple

located at Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu.
The temple is a small monolithic rock-cut temple with a mandapa carved into the rock face of pink granite formations, dating from the 7th century. The cave reflects a transitional style of architecture in its columns mounted on seated lions and frescoes carved on the walls inside the cave.

The walls inside the cave have several striking mythological scenes carved in relief. Vishnu rescuing the earth, Vishnu taking three strides, Gaja Laksmi and Durga are all impressive panels carved in the Adivaraha Cave. These monolithic temples are known as Rathas and it is an innovation of Pallava king AD 630-668.

A huge rock sloping from south to north was utilized judiciously to cutout different forms of temple, besides few animal sculptures. Relief sculpture on the wall with perfect balancing of the masculine and feminine features is considered to be one of the finest specimen of early Pallava plastic art. Their stupis are still attached with the bedrock.



India Mani Temple 17, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Mani Temple 17

India Mani Temple 18, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Mani Temple 18

India Mani Temple 19, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Mani Temple 19

India Statues Idols photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Statues Idols

India Swamis, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Swamis

Chidambaram Temple 14, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple 14

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple 13

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple 12

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple



Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

in Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

in Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Chidambaram Temple

Lord Ganesha Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Lord Ganesha Temple

West Temple Side, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

West Temple Side

Lord Ganesha Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Lord Ganesha Temple

Lord Ganesha Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Lord Ganesha Temple

Ganesha Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ganesha Temple

Ganesha Temple 2, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ganesha Temple

Lotus Temple Ceiling, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Lotus Temple Ceiling

Roof Statues Mani Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Roof Statues Mani Temple

Two Roof Statues, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Two Roof Statues

Monkey on a tree in India Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Monkey on a tree

Monks, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Monks

Monks living Temple in India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Monks living Temple in India

Rahas Temple Great Shiva Bull Statue, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rahas Temple Great Shiva Bull Statue

Offering Statues at the tree, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Offering Statues at the tree

Manfifold Statue, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Manifold Statue

Front of Temple in India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Front of Temple in India

India Temple 11, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Temple 11

Front Temple India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Front Temple India

Front Temple India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Front Temple India

North tower Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

North tower Temple

Rooftops sculptures Temple India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rooftops sculptures Temple India

Front of the Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Front of the Temple

Little Indian Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Little Indian Temple

Part of the Temple India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Part of the Temple India

Buildings Temples, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Buildings Temples

Veda Temple 01, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Veda Temple 01

Part of the Temple India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Part of the Temple India

<strong>Veda Temple 79</strong>, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Veda Temple 79

Vaikunta Temple 19, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Vaikunta Temple 19

Vaikunta Temple 45, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Vaikunta Temple 45

Vaikunta Temple 20, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Vaikunta Temple 20

Vaikunta Temple 37, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Vaikunta Temple 37

Vaikunta Temple 34, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Vaikunta Temple 34

Varaha Cave Temple

is a rock-cut cave temple located at Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu.

The temple is a small monolithic rock-cut temple with a mandapa carved into the rock face of pink granite formations, dating from the 7th century.

The cave reflects a transitional style of architecture in its columns mounted on seated lions and frescoes carved on the walls inside the cave.

The walls inside the cave have several striking mythological scenes carved in relief. Vishnu rescuing the earth, Vishnu taking three strides, Gaja Laksmi and Durga are all impressive panels carved in the Adivaraha Cave.

These monolithic temples are known as Rathas and it is an innovation of Pallava king AD 630-668. A huge rock sloping from south to north was utilized judiciously to cutout different forms of temple, besides few animal sculptures.

Relief sculpture on the wall with perfect balancing of the masculine and feminine features is considered to be one of the finest specimen of early Pallava plastic art. Their stupis are still attached with the bedrock.

Vaikunta Temple Backyard, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Vaikunta Temple Backyard

Vaikunta Temple Backyards, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Vaikunta Temple Backyards

Vaikunta Temple Reliephs 01, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Vaikunta Temple Reliephs 01

Vaikunta Temple Reliephs 04, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Vaikunta Temple Reliephs 01

Veda Ganesha Temple India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Veda Ganesha Temple India

Veda Temple 04, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Veda Temple 04

Ganesha Corner Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Ganesha Corner Temple

Veda Temple 05, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Veda Temple 05

Veda Temple in India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Veda Temple in India

Wieslaw Portrait Hands Up, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Wieslaw Portrait Hands Up

Entrance Veda Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Entrance Veda Temple

India Temple 11, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Temple 11

India Temple 11, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Temple 11

North tower Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

North tower Temple

Rooftops sculptures Temple India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rooftops sculptures Temple India

Front of the Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Front of the Temple

Rooftops sculptures Temple India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rooftops sculptures Temple India

Front of the Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Front of the Temple

North tower Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

North tower Temple

Front of the Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Front of the Temple

India Temple 11, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Temple 11

Front Temple India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Front Temple India

Front Temple India 72, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Front Temple India 72

North tower Temple, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

North tower Temple

Rooftops sculptures Temple India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Rooftops sculptures Temple India

Front Temple India 74, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Front Temple India 74

India Temple 71, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

India Temple 71

Front Temple India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Front Temple India

Front Temple India, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Front Temple India