Gopuram Darshanam

The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free. ~Swami Vivekananda

Up In The Air

Temples in India are just not ornate, they are intricately carved from end to end, from the entrance to the sanctum; even the ceilings. I read somewhere, temples in India don’t just speak; they sing… and how!

Meaning of GOD

So during my recent trip to Halibeedu, I had the good fortune to meet with a wonderful guide, Uma, who helped us decode the mystery of the ruined temple of the Hoysala dynasty. She told us, pointing at this statue, that this the Hindu meaning if the the word GOD: the Generator or creator (lord…

Pillar In The Temple of God

To be a pillar in the temple of god signifies devotion, acceptance, stability of your beliefs. It also means to strengthen one’s resolve, bear the consequences of their own actions, and in turn be a support for others.

Time Stands Still

The shiva temple in the ruined land of Halebidu is a fine reminder of the stunning architecture of the Hoysala dynasty.  The twin-temple is dedicated to Hoysaleswara and Santaleswara Shiva lingas, with two Nandi shrines outside. Local suggest that the two lingas, masculine and feminine was built as a mark of loyalty to the king…

Peace & Quiet

The ornate Chennakeshava temple is a fine representation of the Hoysala architecture; in fact historians suggest that this is one of the last temples to be built with this architecture. The main temple sits in the middle of a high star-shaped platform with three symmetrical sanctums (garbha-griha) for Kesava , Janardhana and Venugopala, all forms of Vishnu.The…

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less

Temples usually have a Hundi (donation box) where you can contribute to the social activities that the temple authorities undertake. While most of them are just normal boxes, or big sealed jars, this one in a temple in Rajasthan caught my fancy. Although Inida is usually typecast as a country where cows cause traffic jams,…

Ring The Temple Bells

Every Hindu temple entrances greets you with a bell. Growing up, mom used to explain that the bell is a way to “wake up” the God sitting inside, so that he takes notice of our presence and can hear us out. For us though, it was a fun way to cause a riot!