Sriram Janak – Photography

Poetry in stone

Stillness Speaks…

 

Be still

            stillness reveals

            the secret of

                eternity…

 

                      ` ~ `  Lao Tzu 

 

 

 

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           That the mind 

            is in

                      abysmal stillness…

 

                                        ` ~ `   Lao Tzu  

 

 

 

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            Nothing in all

                creation is 

                so like god

                   as

                   Stillness.

` ~ `  Meister Eckhart

 

 

 

 

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               Learning how to 

                  be still,

                to really be still

                  and let life happen–

                   that stillness becomes a

                      radiance…

 

                                         ` ~ `   Morgan Freeman

 

 

 

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                   Even when in the midst 

                   of disturbance,

                      stillness of the mind can 

                        offer

                    sanctuary..

 

                                      ` ~ `   Stephen Richards

 

 

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                In the stillness of headstones ,

                Darkness in my blanket.

               And forever in my song..

                   In the arms if stare angles,

                   I ‘m not afraid.

                  Because finally and

                  completely,

                       I belong

                                         ` ~ `  Jordan Dane 

 

 

 

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Please also take a look at my other post..https://sriramjanak.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/speaking-rocks/

( location : Aritappati village…near Madurai. Tamil Nadu,

INDIA )

 

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Living rocks -Jain hill – Keelakuyilkudi

     

Climbing over the zenith of the Rocky Mountains,

I caught my first glimpse of this bass relief,

which is arguably the most beautiful of its kind, in southern India.

And right then, right there, I was hooked…..Actually I  had fallen in love with the rock formations  around Madurai

you can see some of the photos here..

https://sriramjanak.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/speaking-rocks/

I live in madurai , a city ,in the state of Tamil nadu , in the south of India.

It is famously known as the temple city  or the Athens of the east.
Madurai is surrounded by several mountains.  Madurai city has 3 hills as its city boundary.

Yanaimalai, Nagamalai, Pasumalai named after Elephant, Snake and Cow respectively.

Many stone statues and other artifacts are present in these hill

I have been exploring these hills alone and with friends for the past year or so.

I will share photos of these  beautiful statues , inscriptions and the rock formations on these hills in the series

“ Living rocks“…

I will start this series  with…

Jain hill  at Keelakuyilkudi

 

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An 8 feet high Theerthangarar figure with an inscription at its foot is seen

at the cave known as in the southern part of the hillock.

(Jain scriptures define the term tirthankara as follows: the contrivance which help to cross the great ocean of worldly life is called Tirtha and the person who makes that tirtha is known as tirthankara )

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The most beautiful bas-relief of the Tirthankara in Madurai ( if not in Tamil nadu )

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A Jain temple prospered here from 1st century to 10th century with large number of students.

It remained as a worship place for Jains during 8th century.

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Tamil-Brahmi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil-Brahmi  )    script on a boulder on the hill’s terrace.

The script is engraved on the boulder in which a drip-ledge has been cut and

beds excavated on the rock floor for the Jain monks to rest .

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Also Theerthangarar figures are seen near the spring at

the cave at the top of hillock.

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Ancient inscriptions are seen below these figures.

Central Archaeological department preserves this hill.

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Archaeologists consider that once a Theerthangarar temple should have been present at the top of this hillock.

Kings, landlords and village heads had supported this Jain temple. 

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Speaking rocks….

you just need to touch them…

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in the southern part of the hillock. Inside the cave there

are 3 Theerthangarar and 2 Iyyakki Bas -relief figures

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