memories of family outings.....

Thursday

Tucked in a corner of somewhere.....

Riverbanks always supported settlements......agricultural lands.......pastoral  communities.....some of them aggregated and upgraded to modern cities......some vanished.....a few linger on, in secluded pockets on the sidelines of grown cities.......
On the other  bank of  Kaveri that surrounds the island, Srirangapatna , are little, old hamlets with histories of their own. Historic monuments of their own.
Baburayanakoppal , on the bank opposite the Nimishamba bank of Srirangapatna : a farming community that hums around  two  temples of  considerable antiquity. 
The Shivalaya has been modernised with vitreous tiles, colourful  porches etc . etc. but age shows in the squat pillars of the navaranga ( oil painted to glory ! ) , the Beautiful Ganesha and dwarapalas , the monolithic sthamba in front of the temple. Could be late hoysala. 
The Narasimha temple seems run down. Was closed. Merits a second visit, if only for the evocative ashwathakatte......
Going down to the river, one is greeted by the sight of pieces of carving lying in the muddy river bed, underwater....and  carved pillar captals , serving  as boards to women washing clothes.
Well, they always said, temples are for people.! 






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