Road trips are always like this. You suddenly notice something interesting and get down. It can be anything. A lovely landscape or a small water fall or life in rural india. It gives you the freedom to enjoy the journey at your own pace. Many a time, we have noticed that journeys are more interesting than the actual destination itself.
We call these as "memorable moments" on the road. When these vignettes are captured on the lens, they remain cherished memories forever.
In all possibility, you would have noticed this picture if you had driven on National Highway 4 between Bangalore and Hubli. You can not miss this lovely sight.
This is somewhere between Haveri and Hubli. Every time we cross this place, we get curious, stop and look at these sculptures.
This is a Jain temple. Known as "Navagriha Theertha" or "Temple of Nine saints". These statues are those of Jain saints or Thirthankaras. What is fascinating is the way these statues are designed and installed. Each statue is installed over a small globe and inside a lotus. Each statue has a different colour. But they are all of same size. The facial features of each statue is not same. There are nine statues. The one in the middle seems to be that of "Bahubali" as there is a "Prabhavali" or "Aureole" behind his head.
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We did not go inside the temple. As you can see in the picture, there is a ladder to climb to the bottom of these statues for paying obeisance.
Next time when you are driving on this road, stop for minute and appreciate the harmony of these sculptures.
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