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Posts tagged “Religion and Spirituality

Good Morning

Picture taken from the seminary chapel’s steps at 6:50 in the morning.
Fort Cochin.

The Temple Approach


From breakfast in Thanjavur to the grand and ancient temple of Trichy

The temple approach provides a thriving business enterprise zone.
All is for sale:

From kitchen utensils

To human hair, newly shorn from the faithful – an act of religious piety.


Everyone appears to be involved

In either shopping,

Or fixing deals:

A heaving mass of bustling commerce which the children sit back and enjoy.


A River Runs Through It

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow”


Hampi sits alongside a river used for ritual bathing

And the washing of sacred artefacts.

The expression of a very human desire:

Release from the taint of corruption.

An aspiration which transcends all religious traditions.


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.


Preparing for a Feast: Profane


Preparations for the feast of St Joseph also involve food:

Quite a lot of food.


Vegetarian curries and rice will be prepared in almost industrial quantities

To feed people of all faiths and denominations.