A pigeon’s view of the Lord Shiva statue in Vadodara, Gujarat, India
A 120 feet (37 m) tall statue of Lord Shiva stands in the middle of the lake in the heart of Vadodara city, Gujarat, India.
Located in Vadodara district of Gujarat, Kayavarohan Shiv temple is one of the sixty-eight ‘teerthas’ (Pilgrimage) of Lord Shiva in Lakulisha avatar. Lakulish is considered to be the 28th birth of Shiva. The temple is also called Kasi of Gujarat. The temple is built in Indian tradition with walls and pillars depicting intricate carvings of nature. The walls display various forms and asanas of Yoga.
Nataraja is a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the divine dancer. The sculpture is symbolic of Shiva as the lord of dance and dramatic arts, with its style and proportions made according to Hindu texts on arts.
The dwarf (not a baby) under Nataraja’s feet is Apasmāra, which represents ‘tamas’; ignorance and nonsensical speech. Since then Lord Shiva is also known as ‘Hara’, which means destroyer of ‘Tamas’.
A statue of Nataraja at Shilparamam, Hyderabad …..
A final look at the lighted up Shiva temple in Kayavarohan as we move on ,,,,
A variety of colored lights provide night decorations for Maha Shivratri at the Shiva temple in Kayavarohan
A colorful fountain provides a nice foreground to the lighted up Shiva temple in Kayavarohan
The Shiva Temple in Kayavarohan is lighted up for Maha Shivratri celebrations ….
A colorful sunset creates striking silhouettes of the Shiva Temple and trees in Kayavarohan, Gujarat, India
Traditional architecture and intricate carvings grace this Shiva temple in Kayavarohan.
A close-up of the carving of Nataraja – a depiction of the Hindu God Shiva as the cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance (called Tandavam) to destroy a weary universe and prepare for its renewal,
A lone soul, long after festival crowds, finds solitude and time for reflection at the Shiva temple in Kayavarohan
Kayavarohan, a village in the Vadodara district of the state of Gujarat, India, is mostly known for it significant Shiva temple.
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in reverence of the God Shiva. At the Shiva Temple in Kayavarohan, crowds gather to celebrate this annual event.
Birds hovering at the Shiva Temple in Kayavarohan