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Ravana Temple Vidisha

The Ravana Temple is unusual to many Indians as in the Hindu mythology Ravana is depicted as a demon who kidnapped Sita. This might be true to others but not for people of Ravangram village in Vidisha district. The people of Ravangram village worship an ancient 10 feet idol of Ravana in a reclining position.

Jalasayana Vishnu Nepal

In the village of Budhanilkantha north of Kathmandu lies a 5 meter tall sleeping Vishnu (Jalasayana, he who sleeps on the waves) in the middle of a small pond. The sculpture from the 5th century represents Vishnu’s sleeping in the cosmic ocean while resting on Ananta Sesa the thousand headed snake.

Interior Of Dome Of Ancient Temple In Kafirkot(Pakistan)

Though badly damaged we can see the pendentive supporting the dome of a temple. Here pendentive is pyramidal(5 tiered) in form. This is the form of pendentive used extensively in Indian subcontinent only.

Pendentive: The concave triangular sections of vaulting that provide the transition between a dome and the square base on which it is set and transfer the weight of the dome.

Bateshwar Morena

Bateshwar, 25 km from Morena town, is an archaeological site comprising about 200 ancient shrines in Morena district, Madhya Pradesh. This site is located on the north-western slope of a range of hills near Padavali, a village about 40 km from Gwalior. The shrines in Bateshwar complex are dedicated mostly to Shiva and a few to Vishnu.