"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


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


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


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.


We head back to the car park

And rescue the car.


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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