"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Temples Of Stone


Our mango-fed journey had brought us to Halebidu,
A name that means “Ruined City” 

Nine hundred years ago, this was the capital of an ancient Dravidian kingdom which was twice laid waste by invaders.

But two stone temples still stand strong,

With their impressive relief sculptures largely intact.

Silent echoes of long-forgotten glories.


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8 responses

  1. There seems to be some conflicting views on the Dravidian kingdom. Perhaps that’s natural; it’s just that the title “Life Out of Balance” seemed consistent with that.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

    • At any given time there were many Dravidian kingdoms, often all fighting each other. Because records were inscribed on palm leaves, little written evidence remains to help elucidate the past. India is so vast that its distant history is like that of Europe or the Native Americans: complex, multi-dimensional and heterogeneous.

      May 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

  2. Toffeeapple

    Such intricate carving, beautiful.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    • With this scale of work, you can’t help wondering how many craftsmen were involved and for how long?
      (I have just found your comment hiding in the spam folder. I’ve no idea how it got there!)

      May 17, 2011 at 6:41 am

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