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,…

Immortally & Ornately Blessed

Having friends who are proud of their birth land is a blessing for wanderers. This is what the inside dome of Somnathpur  in Mysore looks like. The last major temple of Hoysala dynasty,  it was constructed in 1268 A.D. in the reign of King Narsimha III by his army general Somnatha. Hence, this Kesava temple…

The Legend of The Lion-God

A few weeks ago, we celebrated the festival of hues, Holi. Ideally, it marks the advent of spring, and people paint each other with non-toxic coloured powder (also known as gulal) to celebrate the blossoming of life after a rather gloomy period from autumn to winter. A day before ranpanchami, Hindus observe the tradition of…

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!

Prayers For Peace

This is a Lakshmi-Narayan temple located just outside Dadar station, I wanted to capture it for a while now, but better late than never, right?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration

Back here in our country matrimony is considered to be the holiest and most celebrated events in any persons life. It is a holy union where you enter to the next stage of your mortal life. I shot this scene at a local south Indian temple that is undergoing structural renovations. The gopura, like I…