Lord Aprameya Swamy Temple at Doddamalur

Doddamalur is a quaint little village about 60 Kms from Bangalore and 3 Kms from Channapatna. The village is right off the Bangalore-Mysore highway. This village is famous for its ancient Sri Aprameya temple.

Gopura - Chitra Aiyer Photography

This temple also houses the crawling Krishna idol, known as the ambegal Krishna. This idol is truly beautiful – a crawling baby Krishna with lovely eyes and butter in His hands.

There’s quite a bit of the temple’s history on the internet, so I wont replicate any of it. However let me share the feeling I got when I was inside the temple – a sense of the enveloping peace inside the premises, the absolute quiet, the feeling of being transported to back in time. The calm ancient walls and pillars, the open-to-sky corridor that runs around the main temple, the weathered granite stones add to a sense of aged wisdom. It was like as if the temple had seen it all and was simply content and happy. Beautiful, I must say. The only reason I was at this temple was because I was shooting a wedding at another temple in Doddmallur. I visited the temple on the wedding day morning during a brief break and it was a beautiful experience. I must go back again sometime with the family – I loved the feeling of being away from the mad city rush.

Here’re also some pics that I shot at the temple.

looking Out - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Looking out from the inside – also seen is the main door of the temple

Main Door Detail - Chitra Aiyer Photography

The detail of the main door

Peeping - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Right next to where the ‘Ambegal’ shrine is, is a well; a couple of women were just checking the well out … :)

Pradakshina - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Frames - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Meditating - Chitra Aiyer Photography

I ran into the groom at this temple, where he wanted to start the important day off with Sandhyavandhan and meditation.  A candid shot of his quiet moment

A sprint - Chitra Aiyer Photography

 A little kid making the most of all the beautiful space …

A temple tower peeps through - Chitra Aiyer Photography

The Bougainvillea that makes a beautiful cover at the entrance of the temple, and the tower seen partially through the beautiful flowers.

Waiting - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Some elderly beggars outside the temple …

From the village main road - Chitra Aiyer Photography

The temple as seen from the village main street

After this, I went to shoot the wedding at the next temple. More pics of the wedding itself is here – Chitra Aiyer Photography Facebook page

Will share more pics of the wedding here too.

Photo-shoot for a bunch of passing out college kids

It is that time of the year …. the academic year is coming to a close in schools and colleges; and I got this opportunity to shoot a bunch of college kids who will be passing out in a couple of months. They have been together for the last 4 years, have hung out together, have had loads of fun, and will remember those years warmly for the rest of their lives. It is also this friendship that they list as their most treasured memory from these years. The college itself didnt seem to have appealed to them too much. The good thing is they have all gotten placements and are beginning their new journeys soon. Here’s wishing them all, the very best for their futures …

The shoot itself was a lot of fun – hanging out with them, laughing at all their jokes. The funny thing of course was when some of them thought I looked like one of them myself. Then, I had to briefly introduce myself as this mom of 2 who has been married for a decade.

Here are some of the pics from the session. Will be uploading more on Chitra Aiyer Photography FB page shortly.

Those days - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Putting the heads together - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Putting all the heads together …

Yay - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Give me one! - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Seating comfort - Chitra Aiyer Photography

As we wound up - Chitra Aiyer Photography

I hope the pics bring back some of your own carefree memories …