Visiting the 'Shilpa-Kashi': Shivarayapattana
Overview: Having a rich history dating back to the time of the Gangas from the 8th century, the quaint little village of Shivarayapattana in Kolar District is known as the 'Shilpa-Kashi' of Karnataka for the tradition of stone sculptors.
The entrance to the village itself greets us with families busy in carving figures of Gods, famous Personalities, Animals and other figureheads. It is believed that the village sculptors can create beautiful images with designs from the Gangas, Nolambas, Hoysalas and Cholas using Blackstone found near Vemagal. Most of the orders from these sculptors come from the temples which are to be built or need renovation. Other images which we saw were of Basavanna, Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar and many others.
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