3 Kilometers away from the Kumbakonam, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India you can find 12th-century Hindu temple, Airavatesvara Temple. This Lord Shiva temple is said to be built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century CE. Shiva is here known as Airavatesvara because he was worshiped at this temple by Airavata, the white elephant of the king of the gods, Indra; so did also the King of Death, Yama.
Airavatesvara Temple is constructed as if the whole temple is a chariot encased in a lotus floating on a lake. The vimana is 85 feet high. The temple is a treasure trove of art and architecture.
The numerous carvings depict not only the gods and their stories but also daily life as witnessed in those days.
There are depictions of all the Bharatanatyam poses,
and many figures of women in gymnastic poses
Entrance of the temple has musical steps made of stones, which produces seven different sounds on tapping
Each step emits a different tone of the musical scale. One can hear all the seven Swaras at different points.
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When I visited the steps were not enclosed in that enclosure. I wonder if we can ever create music the way our ancestors did.