The nearly 200 years old and more than 20 meters tall Arayaal Maram ( usually found in temples , kavu etc) located to the right side of the Napier Museum building as shown in the pics fell down on a monday in the dry,rainless December Month of 2012 . Just like the failed North-East Monsoons of this year this ancient tree also gave up and crashed with a blood-curdling roar during the late hours of the afternoon . Luckily other than a few park benches , masonry works etc there was no human casualty . The concrete circle that was recently constructed around the old tree played a major role in weakening its roots that resulted in this tragedy . Sadly a mute witness to the history of the city and the vagaries of time has also bid adieu .
Friday, January 11, 2013
These pics are the testament of the deplorable current condition of the Kerala Water Works Swimming Pool at Vellayambalam in Thiruvananthapuram . The once flourishing swimming pool was dug up for renovating it for the 14th National Games proposed to be conducted in Trivandrum . But the bad planning of the engineers and politicians ensured that the end result is this mess . They finally constructed a new swimming complex at Pirappancode in the rural Venjaramood region nearly 30-40 Km from the city by spending crores of rupees and probably pocketing crores of bribes themselves for the new project .
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The Azhimala Rockcut temple located near Vizhinjam in Trivandrum is one with an immense historical significance ,but whose importance and uniqueness isn't well known to the general public at large . This temple is one of the only two rock cut temples currently known in southern Kerala the other being the Madavoorpara temple also in Trivandrum district . This temple was constructed by the Ay Kings who originally ruled the Venad Kingdom before the establishment of the current Kulashekara Dynasty by the Southern branch of the Kolathiri Family of Kannur. The place name itself suggests that the hill on which it stands was the head quarters of the Ay Dynasty - Azhi -Mala ("Hill of Ay").
There were reports in newspapers about the discovery of ruins of fort and recovery of burnt ships from the Vizhinjam Harbour that could possibly have been as a result of the well documented Chola Invasion of Kandalur War.
This is a centrally protected monument under the control of Archaeological Survey of India since 1965.
|Tri-lingual signboard of ASI|
|Path leading from the Vizhinjam road to the shrine|
|Façade of the shrine|
Tripurantaka carrying a bow and arrow in two of his four hands is a fine example of the 8th century sculptural art . His left foot rests on Apasmara , the crown of hair elegantly carved as a high head dress and is highly ornate .It is interesting that different forms of Tripurantaka had evolved at such an early stage . This representation is a precursor of a similar type in metal during the time of Rajaraja- I .
|Unidentified possible Yakshas or Yakshini figurines at the pedestal of the Tripurantaka sculpture|
|the incomplete Shiva and Parvati figurines on the right flank of the central cell.|
|remnants of the unfinished project|
|side view of the rock|
|back of the rock|
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Puthen Malika Palace (Malayalam: പുത്തന് മാളിക കൊട്ടാരം), most popularly known as Kuthira Malika (Mansion of Horses), is a palace built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, on the south-eastern side of Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram.
|Distant view of "Methan Mani" -- on the northern edge overlooking the Padmatheertham Pond.|
|Close up of the "Methan Mani"|
|View of Gopuram of Padmanabha Swamy Temple through the grills of the Kuthira malika Palace.|
|Western side of the palace that is out of bounds to tourists|
|Stone columns supporting wooden balcony|
|Another view of the western side of palace of Swathi Thirunal|
|Old royal baby cot|
|Marble idols of Lord Vishnu, lord Krishna,Lord Narasimhamoorthy|
|Elegantly carved and embellished wooden statues of Sri Rama and Lord Hanuman|
|Exquisitively carved wooden ceilings with Lotus Design|
|Ancient Travancore Shield made of rhino hide|
|Weapons of war that defeated Tipu Sultan|
|Mask of a Yaksha of Nepali origin .|
|View of Padmanabha Swamy Temple from the palace windows|
|Place where dances were performed for the eyes of the king|
|Narrow corridors of power traversed by the Kings of a realm.|
|Yet another splendidly carved roof of a room|
|Who all have walked through here?|
|View of the other smaller buildings of the palace complex that have not yet been opened up for the public.|
|Travancore imperial assembly|
|Belgian Crystal Chandeliers|
|Chinese Porcelain ware possibly from Qing Dynasty China.|
|Chinese porcelain Dragon|
|Old matchlock used in wars against Zamorin , Tipu Sultan and Britain.|
|Ancient metal spears.|
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