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Murals of Kerala

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Overview: Kerala has produced one of the best frescoes and mural wall paintings in India during the ancient and medieval period, which can still be seen in many temples and palaces in the state. The moment one enters the inner courtyard of any old temple, the beautiful murals can be seen on the walls depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. These paintings were encouraged by various rulers in the Malabar and the Travancore regions. While Guruvayur and Ananthapadmanabhaswamy temples are more popular, the other smaller, but historically important temples are often missed by the visitors. The paintings date anywhere between the 8th century to 18th century. Unfortunately, photography is prohibited in most of the temples, we were able to take some pictures with permission from the authorities.
The temple at Ettumanoor, known for its fine fresco of Pradosha Nrithyam, is also the place where Adi Shankaracharya composed Soundarya Lahiri.
The mural art was later adopted in the r…

Rewind 2019

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I have been a bit lazy in publishing posts this year, however, has been a very busy year when it came to travel and exploring. Following are the highlights of 2019:
Jan: Visited a few Hoysala temples in Tumkur district in the villages of Nittur, Settikere, Tumkur Town, Pankajanahalli and Belagur.
Also in Jan we visited the northern Karnataka district of Yadgir, and explored a bird sanctuary, prehistoric sites and ancient temples.

Feb: No travel
Mar: With 3 trips in March, started off with a quick trip to Banavasi, where we explored the ancient capital of the Kadambas, and also witnessed the local craftsmen in the village, while experiencing the great hospitality by Kiran from Outdoorworld.
The following week we went to Hyderabad for a friend's wedding. Managing time, we visited the Kakatiya capital of Warangal and a few heritage sites in Hyderabad and around like Keesaragutta.
The 2nd half of March took us to the North-Eastern part of India, where we visited Manipur and Tripura. Bot…