"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Chamundi Hills

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High in the hills sits the Chamundeshwari Temple, dedicated to the Parvati, consort of Lord Siva.

It is Mysore’s most important temple.

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The place was bustling with devotees.
Having experienced the long queues of Nanjangud, we opted to pay a higher entrance fee.
This fast-tracked our transit through to heart of the temple:
The business class option for spiritual tourists. 

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By now we were seasoned temple travellers.
But receiving darshan without first waiting in long, slow-moving queues somehow detracted from the experience.

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The women selling temple offerings

And a religious procession 

Dazzled us with their beautiful colours.

But often it’s the small things which capture our focus.

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6 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    The colours! The exciting atmosphere! I adore it all.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    • The colours of India are so vibrant and intense. My life here seems positively unreal at times, more like a beautiful and exciting dream that I have somehow wondered into..

      May 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm

  2. I’m wanting to loop all those pairs of sandals together by their Velcro straps so they don’t get muddled.

    May 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    • I am perpetually surprised that one or both of my chappals (sandals) never goes missing . Trips to temples, churches, palaces and any other establishment worthy of respect always demand bare feet

      May 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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