"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)

Work, Rest And Pray

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A makeshift market has arisen outside the temple walls.
Here vendors offer religious images, books, clothes and refreshments.

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Others rest beneath blue tarpaulins, acquiring a sickly cyanotic hue .

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But further down the hill lies an important annexe of the temple.

A giant statue of the bull Nandi, gate-keeper and mount of Lord Shiva and Parvati.


Devotees leave their offerings behind this mystical beast’s ample haunches

And seek blessings from the shrine’s priest.

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We head back to the car park

And rescue the car.

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6 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    The scale of Nandi is amazing! From what material is it made? Some friends went to Woburn Safari Park and their car was trashed by monkeys, I hope yours was still in one piece?

    May 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    • It is made from some sort of black stone – but that’s probably obvious! As you can see, I am no geologist…
      The monkeys here were a slight nuisance but fortunately not very destructive. The car? Undamaged – and hired just for our expedition.

      May 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm

  2. That’s taking a sugar high to ridiculous extremes.

    May 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    • I wouldn’t know: I’ve been low-carb since Easter! Have got to be looking at least semi-human by next month..

      May 11, 2011 at 6:48 pm

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