12th C gem.
The magnificent Mahadev Temple is located deep inside the Goan jungle. It survived the iconoclasm of the early Portuguese on account of its remoteness and difficult access. It remains an active place of worship.
More details here. I haven’t been lucky yet to forge an acquaintance with the cobra-in-residence.
For another framing, see this post.
Beautifully captured. I can imagine the emotional satisfaction and spiritual experience one may find at this mystical site.
The mind(s) that conceived this temple in such a setting were truly touched by the God of the gods. If a mere picture in the 21st c. can evoke the sense of austerity embodied by Shiva, one can only begin to imagine how the temple must have looked several hundred years ago.
Rajan, on the right hand side of the temple, is that roof made of slabs of stone? Do you have a picture (from the interior) of how those slabs are supported?
Mervyn-bab: Yes, this is what is known as a “dry” construction – that is, without mortar. The slabs are supported by the pillars.
This is indeed a very beautiful one. it must be great to be friend with the resident cobra!
Cheers to all, p+7D!
Thanks, Patrice-bab. Yes, the location is full of slithery residents including vipers.
Rajan: Words fail to describe how awestruck I am each time you post images of India and Goa in particular. You’re like the Ken Burns of Goan photography, and I mean that as a most sincere compliment. The third one in this series really strikes a chord with me. Well done!
Thank you, Bob. I, too, find the third image emotionally satisfying.