The temple of Karnak

Nov 2009

After a overnight journey in the famous “sleeper train” from Cairo to Luxor we reached Luxor.Our program had shown that we would be checked into our 5* ship an dthen after freshening up we would go to see Karnak and Luxor temples. So we decided to do all our morning rituals on board the ship.
Imagine our dismay when we were met by our guide and driven straight to Karnak, because the ship’s check in time was still 3 hours away. So here were we grumpy and dirty but all that dissappeared as soon as we came face to face with the temple complex!
The Temple of Karnak comprises of three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples located about three kilometers north of Luxor, Egypt situated on 247 acres of land. Karnak is actually the site’s modern name, after the modern village of el-Karnak, some 2.5 km north of Luxor. Its ancient name was Ipet-isut, meaning “The Most Select (or Sacred) of Places”.
The Karnak group of temples is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the biggest temple complex in the world .It is said to be the largest open air museum in the world and once you reach there you realise why.
You are greeted by rows ram-headed sphinx symblosing god Amun.

This huge temple complex was built and enlarged over a period of 1300 years and approximately thirty pharaohs contributed to the buildings.
The Hypostyle Hall in the Precinct of Amun-Re is one of the most spectacular sights I have seen .One can only wonder its effect (when in its pristne glory)on ordinary people who came there?

And you also realise that Ramses II was very fond of his own images.There are rows of his statues .

Queen Hatshepsut,the only female Pharoah had monuments constructed and also restored the original Precinct of Mut, the ancient great goddess of Egypt, that had been ravaged by the foreign rulers during the Hyksos occupation. She had erected twin obelisks, at the entrance to the temple.They were tallest in the world at that time, now however, only one stands, as the tallest surviving ancient obelisk on Earth,while the other toppled and broke in two.
Seeing the obelisks, while reminding you of man’s genius also kept reminding me Obelisk and Asterisk comics!

There is also a sacred lake in the premise and near it a giant Scarab beetle on a pedastal and the guides were telling tourists to circumbulate it 7 tims for granting of wishes.Believe it or not many were going it!!

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  • madansbarc 18 / 01 / 2013 Reply

    Meaningful. nice one.

    वाह . बहुत उम्दा,सुन्दर व् सार्थक प्रस्तुति . हार्दिक आभार आपका ब्लॉग देखा मैने और कुछ अपने विचारो से हमें भी अवगत करवाते रहिये.

  • Dharejo 10 / 07 / 2013 Reply

    Sometimes such unbelievable things happen with a man that if disclosed, can place him in list of fools for others.
    Being a Muslim though I don’t believe in “AWAGON” or repeated life but in some hypnotic states, I have experienced many things that support that philosophy.
    I do not claim that my experiences are specific fect for whole world to follow but no doubt undeniable at least. for my self. you are free to think it my psychological disorder.
    Its very amazing for me to see the pics of this trample that I never knew about. I identified it in first gaze that its same I had been seeing in my youth when I was about twelve to fifteen, about every week in my dream. until I started to feel that I used to live here before this life.
    Today I feel strongly yes! I have no reason to refuse a at least one life before this one. or may be our subconscious is working by some memory cells which have come in our DNA.

  • Ashraf Farouk Ahmed 29 / 07 / 2013 Reply
    In ancient Egypt, the power of the god Amun of Thebes gradually increased during the early New Kingdom, and after the short persecution led by Akhenaten program, it peaked. Under the reign of Ramses III, more than two thirds of the property belonging to the temples belonged to Amun, evidenced by the splendid buildings of Karnak. Although badly ruined, no site in Egypt is more impressive than Karnak. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man, and represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders. The Temple of Karnak is actually three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples located about three kilometers north of Luxor, Egypt situated on 100 hectares (247 acres) of land. Karnak is actually the sites modern name. Its ancient name was Ipet-isut, which means “more Select (or sacred) places.”This vast complex was built and enlarged over a period of thirteen hundred years. The three main temples of Mut, Montu and Amun are enclosed by enormous brick walls. The open air museum is situated north of the first courtyard in front of the sacred lake. The main complex, the temple of Amun, is situated in the center of the entire complex. The Temple of Montu is north of the temple of Amun, and next door to the inside of the wall is the temple of Ptah, while the Temple of Mut is to the south. There is also a small temple dedicated to Khonsu, and next to it, an even smaller Opet temple. In fact, there are a number of smaller temples and chapels spread about Karnak, such as Osiris Hek-Djet temple (Heqadjet), which is actually inside the wall of the temple of Amun.The sacred lake of Karnak

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