TEMPLES OF KERALA_ A Conspicuous Modesty

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Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, is majorly known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters- a network of canals, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. It was During my travel to Kerela- God’s own country, as they say, when these 3 dimensions, happened to transfix me with the place; 

1. Nature’s Beauty 

2. Modest houses 

3. Temple complexes

Having explored various temples of North, west and South of India, the ones that have fascinated me the most are ‘The temples of kerela’. Whilst most other temples tried to portray the grandeur, wealth and powers prevailing at that point of time; my dialogues with kerela-Temples have been quiet variant. When juxtaposed to the magnificence of dravidian, Vasara and Nagara style, it is the Utmost Simplicity that becomes spectacularly conspicuous.

Their distinctiveness lies in there Simplicity, inherent modesty, a strong uphold to the socio-cultural way of life of people and the brilliant integration of Nature and mother earth with the temple complexes.

Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple, Thrissur
 As read before, kerala-temple complexes are in the mainstream of Indian temple styles. But, on the contrary, in the detailed articulation of its formal structure Kerala temple follows its own indigenous and unique methods. The basic translations of the physical form of temple complexes are not something different from the total cultural developments of the town. Temple-complexes and domestic architecture speak a common language. 

Along the path circumscribing Sanctum sanctorum at Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple, Thrissur
Entrance Gopuram at Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple, Thrissur
 The structures are just simplistically functional and purely programmatic. These complexes are well-woven with mother nature. The idiosyncrasies of the landscape that envelopes temple complexes are unmatched. The unmatched synergy of the inside-outside brings out the Balance that becomes extensively conspicuous; they interact, they talk, they chirp, they co-exist..
Entrance plaza, Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple, Thrissur
Inside the fortification, Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple, Thrissur
 A basic, strong and simple material palatte refrains it from getting into the lines of ‘that’ extravagant architecture. Low profile, the humble sections, pointed pitched roofs, yet the serenity is par excellence.
Architectural details at Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple, Thrissur
 They invoke admiration without any architectural ostentation, where the complex hugs the earth and meekly rising to the space; thus rendering rhythms between the complex, air, space and light.
The mighty complex in being_Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple, Thrissur

‘Streets’_ As I traverse

To the streets of wonders,
Knowing the unknown, As I wander.
Experiencing the Ethereal waves,
A zillion thoughts begin;
I smelled my desires,
As my travel made me move within.

An insignificant pedestrian,
Making way to know more;
Leading to overwhelming questions,
Seeking to that was unanswered before.

Hearing the never-heard sounds,
Gazing at the unseen Shades,
Smelling breathes with differentness,
Capturing my moments and never let them fade.

Unleashing my Mind and Soul,
I Tripped insane whilst traversing streets unknown;
Consuming my contentment through the senses Cold,
Whilst Moving in the Streets of Distant Shores.

-Mastaani @ Scandinavia, 2018

To the Happy Shades, Street by Nyhavn Canal, Copenhagen, Denmark
A ‘Time’ly Encounter_ To the Old & New, Oslo, Norway
To the Senses Cold, Oslo, Norway
White Wooden houses Lining quiet-Cobbled Streets, Bergen, Norway
Strolling on the street by the Lille Lungegårdsvannet Lake, Bergen, Norway
To this ‘Constant’ keeping up the ‘Continuity’
Walking down Biblioteksgatan, in the heart of the city,, Stockholm, Sweden
A Slow Saunter @ Ostermalm, Oslo, Sweden
Cheerful Vibes @ Södermalm island by the Lake Mälaren, Stockholm, Sweden


A state of being ‘Alone’ and not lonely, is solitude..That feeling of revelling yourself and within yourself is solitude- It is by Will, it is by choice..It is a soul’s holiday, a realisation of its presence, an opportunity to stop doing for others and to entertain one’s own self instead. It is that moment of Introspection, The art of self-talking. It is that act of ‘not’ using others for cockery.

Solitude divulges us to that magic moment which gives us the ability and powers to enable us to do miracles. To me, Solitude is not the absence of Love or the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to communicate to us, strengthen us and prepare us to unitedly face the world- A Union of ones own Body and soul. We entangle ourselves in horde of social ties distancing us from ourselves.

Fortunate are those who can embrace solitude because, One enters solitude, when one loses loneliness. A vast world lies hidden in our soul, waiting to be discovered. There it is, with all its strength and powers waiting for us recognise its being.