Ancient Light Photowalk,Malleswaram, 010810 Part 2 Nandeeswara Teerttha

August 10, 2010

For the Nandeeswara Temple, that was excavated in the early ‘90’s, and which I personally believe to be part of the Kaadu Malleswara complex, let me begin with the brass lamp that the priests use to show Arathi for the ShivalingA:

nt aarathi

…that’s ancient light, too; snEha deepam…or an oil lamp.

This temple is actually a kalyANi or sacred wellspring, shaped into a water tank.

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It was nice to see that Nature had crowned the gOpurA with a Peepal sapling:

peepul sapling on gOpurA nt 010810

The terrace design is the same as in the Kaadu Malleswara Temple:

terrace design nt

The garbha grihA, or inner sanctum, is very beautiful:

8 nandeeswara theerthA

the water comes out of the NandimukhA (mouth of Nandi) …

water pouring on linga nt 010810

….and pours into the copper kalashA, whence it drips steadily on to the LingA:

water dripping on linga nt

Here’s a video showing the water dripping on the lingA, coming down from the mouth of Nandi:

The entrance has this shlOkA:

shlOkA nt 010810

Transliteration and translation:

muktEshwarAya phaladAya gaNEshwarAya geethapriyAya vrishabhEshwarA vAhanAya. mAthanga charma vasanAya mahEshwarAya dAridrya dukkha dahanAya namah shivAya.

(the God who gives salvation, who grants boons, the god of Ganesh; one who likes music, who has a bull as His vehicle: One who wears the skin of an elephant as a dress, the great God, One who destroys poverty and sorrow, salutations to Shiva.)

The navagrahA (nine planets) shrine is also small and beautiful:

navagraha nt 010810

Entering the temple, one sees the small Nandi and the bali peetthA (sacrificial stone) on the steps of the kalyANi:

chikka nandi and bali peetta

The temple bell had a lovely deep tone (I know, because I rang it as some of the photographers had just got it to be still!)…

nt bell 010810

This rathA (symbolic chariot) is made of rosewood:

rathA nt 010810

Behind the Nandi are an assortment of items used in the rites:

poojA items 010810

And some amount of plastic/waste disposal is also done:

waste removal

Outside the temple is the original kalyANi, covered with an iron grille that I manage to push my lens through:

original kalyANi

The designs on the stone steps are elegant, as one steps on them:

foot and stone design 010810

On the steps to the kalyANi are renderings of snakes, tortoises and fish, that have been covered by brass:

9  brass animals

There are quite a number of tortoises in the water; here’s one on the steps, quite a large specimen!

tortoise in kalyANi 010810

Here are some of them, playing waterball with a morsel of food that a devotee had thrown in:

Here is a brass fish:

brass fish 010810 nt

and its real-life counterpart:

fish in kalyANi nt

So, when I saw this:

brass snake nt 010810

I wondered whether there might not be actual water-snakes in the tank, too!

It wasn’t just these creatures enjoying the temple; here, a young couple get a moment of togetherness:

a moment together

And here are two Homo sapiens photographensis, comparing their shots at the end of the clicking!

comparing shots!

But the evening couldn’t end without us having a group photograph (alas, two of us had already left!)

some of us photowalkers 010810 kmt

…and a trip to Adiga’s, just around the corner…for masAl dosAs and filter kApi!

kApi and dosA

After this, a few of us went to Malleswaram market, and I liked this image of the market through the grilles:

malleswaram mkt


Let me close with this image of the VinAyakA shrine at Malleswaram market…

vinAyakA flower mkt 010810

A very enjoyable photowalk, that combined religion, heritage, history, people, and photography… thanks to Chandrachoodan and Ancient Light!