Story of Vivekananda House

 

Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – History
Vivekananda House – A Landmark in Chennai, known for its distinct architectural features such as the circular core, the semicircular corridors, the hemispherical dome and the square plan.

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His-Story
Vivekananda House, aka Ice House, is an important architectural monument in Chennai, India, used by the British to store ice brought from North America for about 30 years.
Ice house in Madras (now named Chennai) was built by a British King, facing the Bay of Bengal in 1842, for his ice business which failed to do well.  In 1880, the building was sold to an advocate.  The house was remodelled and renamed as Castle Kernan after his friend, Kernan.  He made Swami Vivekananda stay at the Ice House, during his visit in Madras in 1897, where he set up a centre of his monastery.
In 1914, Ice House was acquired by the Government of Madras and in 1963, during the Birth Centenary of Swami Vivekananda, the Government of Tamil Nadu renamed the historical Castle as Vivekanandar Illam (‘Illam’ means ‘house’ in Tamil language) or Vivekananda House.

 

 

 

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A Rich Cultural Heritage

The Great Dravidian Heritage

Art & Architecture and monumental sculptures depicting the great Dravidian culture of South India, during the Pallava Kingdom’s rule with Kanchipuram as its capital,

a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mahabalipuram, for your view.

A Rich Cultural Heritage - A view of the Seven Pagodas at the Mahabalipuram
The Pagodas
A Rich Cultural Heritage - A skyline of a sculpted temple tower at the Mahabalipuram
One of the tower sculptures of the Pagodas
A Rich Cultural Heritage - A picture of Monolithic Sculptures
Monolithic Sculptures
A Rich Cultural Heritage - A picture of a monolithic cave
A Monolithic Cave

Scriptures or Sculptures?

The epic tale of God Krishna and Kuchela depicted on the wall of the cave.

A Rich Cultural Heritage - A picture of Cave Sculptures of Lord Krishna and his friend Kuchela
God Krishna and his childhood friend, Kuchela

Period:  It is an ancient historic seaport (town) during the time of Periplus, 1st century CE, and Ptolemy, 140 CE.

Location:  Chennai, India

Inspired by https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/heritage/

https://bopaula.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/thursdays-special-traces-of-the-past-y3-05/

https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2017/05/16/tuesday-photo-challenge-travel/

Daily Prompt Wonder

Bullie & Baarbie

 

Thursday’s Special – Profile

 

A profile of the sculpture of a lion –

 

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At the Seven Pagodas, Mahabalipuram, Chennai City, India.

Also visit https://bullyboyblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/resilient-the-seven-pagodas/

 

 

 

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Aesthetic

Aesthetic – A World Heritage!

A picture of a monolithic sculpture - Mahabalipuram

Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, around 60 km south of the city of Chennai. It is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus (1st century CE) and Ptolemy (140 CE), from where ancient Indian traders sailed to countries of South East Asia.

It was a port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas in the 7th century. It has a group of sanctuaries carved out of rock in the 7th and 8th centuries, called rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air rock reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Always wanted such a picture in my living room.

Bullyboy

One of the Ancient Wonders of World

One of the Seven Wonders?…

Yes it’s the Mahabalipuram in Chennai, India

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The Seven Pagodas (cars or rathas), curved out of a single rock each, is a wonder rooted on the beach sands of Mahabalipuram otherwise known as Mamallapuram.  Today, only a few of them exist as the other ones are submerged in the sea.  Also, the shore temple is one of the beauty sights to the eyes…

According to Wikipedia, it is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus (1st century CE) and Ptolemy (140 CE). Ancient Indian traders who went to countries of South East Asia sailed from the seaport of Mahabalipuram.

By the 7th century, it was a port city of South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of single rock each along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries: rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air rock reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bullyboy