The temples constructed over the centuries boast of the sculptures, exhibiting the Indian artisans' talent. The numerous sculptures on temple walls are all hewn out of hard rock & last to date. Rock-cut architecture was perfected by the Buddhists, and was followed by several Hindu rulers. The Pallavas excelled in this art in the South of India.

The sculptures or idols in temples are made of granite (if it is mula vigraham) & the Utsava murthis are made of bronze & panchaloha. Apart from these, there are the huge Iyyanar statues & horses which still exist in South Indian villages.

Terracota (clay figurines) is an art in which various techniques are folowed by artisans in different parts of India. Sculptures are also made in various other metals such as brass, copper, white metal, glass, papier-mache, etc.

Rock-cut architecture

Sculptural details -
Natarajar temple chariot, Chidambaram ..... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4

Sculptural details - Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur

Sculptural details - Brihadeeswarar Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Sculptures in 1000 pillared Hall, Meenakshi Temple

Metal Sculptures

Contemporary sculptures, Mahabalipuram

Sculptures by Vineesh Vijayan

Marble sculptures by Shiva Sharma

Sand Sculptures
Organised by Odisha Tourism
Dec 1-5, 2011

Sand sculptures by Ranjan Kumar Ganguly
….lets give new life to these stones…for they are not just stones…but centuries of knowledge handed down from generation to the next, coursing through the viens of a master sculpture…

Photographs of Mahabalipuram taken in June 2003 by Ken - Murals, Fibre / Metal / Syporax Carvings by Nitin Potnis, an established sculptor

Dancing figures from the temple cars of South India by Dr. Susil Pani, Pondicherry