September 5, 2010

A temple full of beautiful sculptures - Krishnapuram Venkatachalapati Temple, India

Krishnapuram is a small village located at a distance of around 13 kms from Tirunelveli city in Tamil Nadu state of South India. The village is famous due to its Venkatachalapati Temple. Venkatachalapati is the name of Lord Vishnu in this temple. This temple was built by Krishnappa Naicker in 16th century CE. This village is named after this ruler.

The Krishnapuram Venkatachalapati temple is popular among the tourists not because of its religious importance but due to its life sized beautiful sculptures and images. With respect to the beauty of sculptures, Krishnapuram temple can be considered as one among the best in Tamil Nadu temples. The main shrine of the temple has Venkatachalapati along with his cosorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi.

Krishnapuram Temple
Let me try to describe the sculptures of the temple to the maximum extent. Unfortunately, photography isnot allowed inside the temple. The northern side of the temple has a hall called Veerappa Naick Mandapam. You can find two beautifully carved elephants at the entrance of the Mandapam. Inside the mandapam, there are pillars depicting various mythological stories. The features of the images are life-like.

There are few pillars which depicts the scenes of a Kuravan and Kurathi (gypsies) abducting a prince and princess. The princess sitting on the shoulder of Kurathi and the depiction of blood in Kuravan are beautiful features of these life-sized sculptures. There are some small images where you can find the worrying queen and the king trying to rescue the prince and princess. All the sculptures are nicely carved with intricate details.

There is a pillar which depicts the eternal beauty of Rati. There are pillars depicting the story related to Bheem and the half-man and half-beast Purusha Mrigam. There is a beautiful statue of Arjun doing penance. The female with a parrot on her shoulder and a begger with a monkey on his shoulder are too lively. You can also find Karna in a pillar. Two lovers make love in another pillar, whereas a knight and gypsy watching a dancing girl in another pillar. There is another interesting pillar where a lady is pulling the beard of a sage who is trying to molest her. (It seems the problems with the false sages were there even in the olden days. :-) ).

Well, it's difficult to explain the beauty of the sculptures of the temple in writing. At least, photographs can showcase the beauty a little better. Unfortunately, photographs are not allowed. I would suggest you to go and visit this architecturally beautiful temple and enjoy.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Krishnapuram Venkatachalapathi Temple

City Name: Krishnapuram, Near Tirunelveli
The temple with a lot of very beautiful life-size sculptures
Location: 18 kms from Tirunelveli; 180 kms from Madurai; 620 kms from Chennai; Located in the Southern part of Tamil Nadu state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Tirunelveli; Tirunelveli station is a popular train junction; you can find a lot of trains from all over India to this city
Nearest Airport: Madurai (around 180 kms)
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Tirunelveli
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Tirunelveli
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in Tirunelveli; Don't forget to taste the Halwa either from Iruttu Kadai or Shanti Sweets

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1 comment:

  1. thank you very much for this posting i have visited this temple. all the sculptures are wonderfull and like realsize and with real feeling on the faces. this temple was visited and apreciated by rajeev gandhi P.M .