One of the two 40' 'Toranas'
Details of the intricate work on a 'Torana'
On the 2nd day of our stay, we visited, among other places, an ITI at Vadnagar. I learnt much later that Vadnagar's history very likely, dates back to Harappan civilisation.Our hosts did not touch upon this aspect , but after lunch, took us to a 12th century ( Solanki period) archaeological site showcasing the 'Toranas' on the bank of Lake Sharmishtha. Some people believe - I learnt later from internet sites - that the 'Toranas' were part of a big palace or temple complex , built elsewhere and now transplanted in the present location.There is very little of the complex in the vicinity of the 'Toranas' , except for some stone slabs, with reliefs,statues and motifs. Those were found strewn around. I have read that a lot of them have disappeared - the ones which survived - are neatly arranged.I took photographs of some of those few preserved in the location.
One of the several Saiva imageries that survived ravages of time. Here, Siva has four arms. View http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Asia/India////photo1268068.htm for a ten-armed Kala Bhairava
View of the top of the magnificent 'Torana' top. At the centre, Kartikeya sits in in yogic posture - we can see his three faces only . His peacock is at his feet. Is his consort Devasena on his left ? 'Makara' motif appears repeatedly.
On the left, Uma rests on the left thigh of Siva . On the right, we see a naked woman stooping to touch the feet of a man coming towards her.Two on lookers, one standing and one in a sitting posture placed in the background. What the man in the right flank trying to do ?
This one is ,very likely, an erotic wall relief .A very interesting wall relief of this site is my last entry for this blog of mine .
Wife 1 pulls at the hair of wife 2 while the husband tries to bring the temperature down !!