Shivalinga credits: www.revolvingcompass.com

Then he took us to a courtyard which was located at the back of the temple where there was a huge Shivalinga. He was so huge that there were also seven snakes wrapped around him, and that has a story too. There was a sculptor and his mother in Lepakshi. The sculptor was hungry, so his mother said she would prepare the food and get it for him. Until then he had nothing to do, so he decided to build the massif Shivalinga on a rock.

When the mother got the food, she was surprised and astonished at the speed and skill of the sculptor who cast an evil eye on him, resulting in a crack that made him feel like it was split in the middle. I continued to smile at how people back then still had such superstitions and how we still follow some of them. After all, generations have taken away many customs to maintain traditions within the family.

After crossing the Shivalinga, There was a Kalyana mandapa or the wedding hall, which was incomplete. When I asked him why it was incomplete, the guide told us that this was supposed to be the place where Shiva and Parvati’s wedding was going to take place. Construction began when the king’s accountant at the time invested the kingdom’s money in building this mandapa.

There are believed to be 3 mandapas, however, the 3rd remains incomplete to this day. The person building the mandapa had not taken the king’s permission to do so, and when the king found out, he was furious. It is then that he decides to punish him by blinding him. He couldn’t believe he was being punished for such a good deed, but then he decided he would apply the punishment himself.

He gouged out his eyes and smashed them against the wall in front of him. Even today there are red spots present on the wall. It was one of the stories that gave me goosebumps and I wondered how one has the courage to perform such an act, and at the same time painful retribution for oneself.

Do not forget that each pillar present in this mandapa has something engraved on it. There are sculptures ranging from Hindu dancers, gods and goddesses to wedding scenes of all deities. It was so beautifully sculpted and designed that we couldn’t take our eyes off it. I have always loved and appreciated the pillar carvings. Such a difficult but wonderful way to make people aware of their culture, mythology and much more.

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