Thursday, July 15, 2010

Krimchi

This was the last of our sojourn to Jammu, put a perfect icing on the cake.  A short detour of about 10 kms from the town of Udhampur brings us to Krimchi. That this temples had a Greek influence in the architecture made me eager to see this place and I should give the credit to my kid brother who influenced this visit not withstanding the fast approaching twilight.

At the village square, one need to take a deviation  and walk down this Path that lead to the Krimchi temples which are situated on the banks of river Burunala.

A good half a km walk in the wilderness, going up and down the hillock, This first sight of the temple Shikara burst opens. But its perched on a small hillock yet another climb to take to the isolated temple complex



Shikaras of the Krimchi temple complex.

If the palace of Virat was nearby at Aaknoor, can the palace of Kichaka be far behind ? Krimchi was purported to be founded by Raja Kichaka of Mahabarata times .
Said to bear close resembles to the ones at Bhuvaneshwar, I would say the shikaras at Aihole and Patadakal in Karnataka are similar.






 

All the material available on the Net talks of the Hellenic (Greek) Influence in the construction of these temples, but never mentions in what way. I may have to request fellow blogger from Greece Phivos Nicolaides to point out if he can spot  any influence.







Could it be the columns at the entrance. Are they similar to the columns of Parthenon?


14 comments:

Indrani said...

Interesting observations Sudhir. Great shots of the temple. I am glad to have these glimpses.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Stunning monuments, gorgeous architecture!

Kannada Cuisine said...

Wow...these temples look in such good shape! Never heard of the place before. wonder why they are not on the tourist circuit map? What a pity..Gorgeous pictures considering the twilight hour...

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the temple. The architecture is marvelous. Visiting these little known places excites me.

joshi daniel said...

the timing of your shots have bought out the cool blue color in the sky very well!

ruma2008 said...

Your lovely inspiration.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

From the Far East.
Greetings.
ruma

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Thanks all of you, it gives me lot of satisfaction to have visited krimchi

P.N. Subramanian said...

Krimchi wow! I never had any idea of a temple complex there. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Kunal Bhatia said...

I cant spot any greek influence either. Any updates about it?
- Mindless Mumbai

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Sorry Kunal, Waiting for somebody to throw some light

ruma2008 said...

The scene is really grand, and solemn...

From the Far East.
Greetings.
ruma

Nisha said...

The place is quite inviting, Sudhir.

And the blue has come out very well.

Babli said...

Very nice, interesting and beautiful pictures. Great post.

Ola said...

Incredible architecture!