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.
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 from the inside - also seen is the main door of the temple
The detail of the main door
Right next to where the ‘Ambegal’ shrine is, is a well; a couple of women were just checking the well out …
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 little kid making the most of all the beautiful space …
The Bougainvillea that makes a beautiful cover at the entrance of the temple, and the tower seen partially through the beautiful flowers.
Some elderly beggars outside the temple …
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.