"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


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

It is Mysore’s most important temple.


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. 


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


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.


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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