Startling Statues

Badami, Karnakata, a small city in the center India. If you walk around the big lake where a few women are constantly washing kurtas and saris, you’ll be faced with a bunch of rather strange statues. The reason why they were set up there in the first place remains a mystery. Did the local council think that the ancient cave temples (6th/7th century) nearby where not interesting enough? Were they trying to attract more tourist or attention by re-enacting some mythological scenes? Are they the remains of big festivities, a few years ago? I couldn’t find out. All is left is an enigmatic gathering of rather sad-looking statues, some decaying heroes quietly fighting their last battle, against  erosion.

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