Larger-than-life sculptures of Vishnu greet you in the second cave. A busload of schoolchildren takes over the space. They are overwhelmed by a massive sculpture of Trivikrama, a form of Vishnu and ... more 
Larger-than-life sculptures of Vishnu greet you in the second cave. A busload of schoolchildren takes over the space. They are overwhelmed by a massive sculpture of Trivikrama, a form of Vishnu and the giant form of Vamana (the fifth of the ten avatars of Vishnu, Vamana was a dwarf Brahmin who tamed the megalomania and pride of Mahabali, the later-contrite demon king). You can also see a huge carving of Varaha (the third avatar of Vishnu as a boar that liberated Mother Earth from the tyranny of the asura Hiranyaksha). The ceilings are dotted with sculptures as well. I stand here, waiting for the other tourists to leave so that I can take in the moment. less 
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Lakshmi Sharath | Photo by Lakshmi Sharath
Thu 24 Jan, 2013 2:30 PM IST