Am terribly disappointed. For a lot of reasons. But the most, by one.
"A man's value/influence on this society is determined by the no. of heads that mourn on this death", it's said.
A legend has just passed away. Not less than a week ago. And what have done other than FB status msgs, Twitter taggings, a few +1's and by some stone agers' Orkut scraps...?
He'd never asked me to buy any of the products of his company. Neither did I care to think of it since they were more clearly overpriced.
But how could such a legend not be here from India...? There has to be an Indian connection, did I think. Not that this is the only country that can host such a genius. But yet, when we don't / cant have something, it's at least a bit soothing to celebrate it as if it were ours.
We Indians are still proud of Aryabhatta/Bhaskara for giving this world it's greatest digit ZERO and other jaw-dropping gyans. Be it Bhagavad Gita/Thirukkural. Rabindranath Tagor…
So we came out of the Hoysaleshwara Temple Complex and proceeded to the nearby Jain Temples. There was a single complex with huge shrines for 3 deities: Aadhinatha, Paarshvanatha & Shaanthanatha.
And as with most other ancient temples, there were intricate sculptures all over, not wasting an inch.
There was HUGE statue of a Thirthankara, must be one of the 3 I had mentioned earlier, but don't know who. Made of a SINGLE rock, he looks magnificent, with a serpentine holding his back and serving as an umbreall. And there's a signature smile - which is the best of anything you'd come by.
And another one, again, forgot who - was just standing there, with nothing adorning him. Nirvana, perhaps. But philosophy aside, I loved the hairstyle! I'm even sporting a similar one now! ;)
A *slightly* revamped version of the last one. Just for a wallpaper with a dark background.
Well, with the Shiva temple right next to this complex - which was a lot similar to the Hoysaleshw…
On the night of 3rd Feb '12, two guys rushed through the crowds at the Majestic Bus Terminus at Bangalore, and found themselves a pair of seats in a bus that would take them somewhere to witness the awesomeness of the Hoysala Empire, which would be clear in their majestic & intricate carvings of their Gods and demi-gods and courtiers and countrymen! The Hoysalas had ruled for nearly 4 centuries, and the temples of Belur, Halebid & Somnathpur had taken them more than some 150 yrs!
This was the route for the whole journey. The bus to Belur started from Bangalore, by 10:30, and somewhere in the bus, I was non-stoppingly & nonsensically chatting with Veerabhadram on topics like History, Mythology, etc, just to realize that I didn't even *still don't* know a percentage of what he does! Well, the only thing I remember cribbing abt was he not bringing his iPad along, for we could read something in the dim light. Nyway, we slept off as early as 12 or 1, just to wake up…