Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Than, a monastry in the wilderness.

Around 60 kms from Bhuj is a beautiful deserted Hindu monastry called THAN. There is a stillness and calm that hangs in the air which is strangely in contrast with the brightly painted peeling walls, some of them almost theatrical. Most of the chandeliers are now nests for birds and you see a few old keepers of the place going about their life with a manner that suggests a calmness about the state of affairs. This place really had me wondering about how it must have been buzzing with devotees, lights and flowers. And how quiet it is now.


We actually had to squeeze through the gates and these guys. They just wouldn't budge :)
Poojas are still performed in this temple

After all the white washed walls inside, the minute you stepped in, the colours took over.

And to our complete surprise, the 1st floor rooms were painted intricately and there was a nest inside every chandelier :) :)





We can try and try and never acheive this effect

It was a hot hot day & we were literally jumping on the roasted terrace as we shot this (its a temple, so our shoes were out). Job done, we quickly ran down to the shade.
Catch an abbreviated version of this post on Vogue.in.

14 comments:

AS said...

Great pictures.

GB said...

Vineeta, where do you find such treasures.....you have such an eye for beauty!

Sound Horn Please said...

Absolute gorgeousness. Makes me realize how much of my own country I still need to see V!

floreal said...

Awesome Photojournal. Being an architect myself, I love the details that you photographed.
:)
Cheers!
Ruchi
http://www.floreal.etsy.com

pRiyA said...

Is it decay that adds that certain something to the atmosphere of a place or is it just the magic a photographer works with her camera?
These pictures are SIMPLY AWESOME. The colour just blows me...aiyoh!

Dee said...

Woow.. your photographs are fantastic. I have been following your blog regularly for a while now and absolutely love it. very interesting posts.

Dithi said...

What a magical place, what design, wall art and colour, what a find! Great post and superb captures. The snaps with the murals and frescoes with the nests in the chandeliers are fantastic. Yes, am pleasantly surprised to see the Kolkata flavour in some of the architectural elements. The place is lucky to have had a visitor like you Vineeta, thanks so much for sharing.

Kamini said...

What gorgeous pics Vineeta! I am sure there are many such hidden jewels all over the country. You really have an incredible eye for composition of subject!

Emreen said...

Oh ! so lovely.. It really aches to see such a beauty getting deteriorated... !!! The pictures are awesome as useful... Vineeta, why dont you teach me some tricks of the trade (photography) ... ;-) ?

? said...

Loved the combinations that came through in your pictures; and no we have not had enough of the Naga posts! :-D

Madhu Gopalan said...

OMG Vineeta, I think this is my favouritest post on your blog. Absolutely fantastic pictures, and what a gorgeous place - I am in awe! Please take me with you when you go to such places :)

Lizblog said...

Another great post of beautiful images and mysterious places some of us wouldn't see without your work. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Summer or no summer, Vineeta, I WILL visit Gujarat :). I just loooooove reading your blog. Have been sending it off to my friends to drool over.

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Neha said...

I love the pics.. wat a place.. oozes of old world charm.. and rustic look