Today I went to Paripally, a nearby town to see the temple celebrations and elephant parade. There must have been about 50 elephants covered in ceremonial dress, first on show in the temple grounds and then paraded through the busy streets (amongst the chaotic traffic!).
The Hindu spring festival, Holi, is mainly celebrated in the north of India. We still managed to get a little taste of it here in Kerala.
This morning I arrived in Bangalore where I spent the day before continuing my journey onwards to Kerala. My day in the city happenedto coincide with a rickshaw strike, leaving me to tackle the Bangalore public bus system (never have I love London buses more).
Whilst exploring some of the local back streets and bazaars I came across this neat temple covered in Ganesh statues.
Today I explored many of the sights in and around Hampi. This structure, believe it or not, was once an elephant stables. The eleven royal elephants were housed here, with the most important one in the centre.
I love this carving of the Hindu diety, Shiva, in the rock at Little Vagator beach here in Goa.
Today I visited a Hindu temple in Goa. Just before sunset the lamps were lit. I’m not sure what Health & Safety would have to say about the methods.
India seems to be a place where different religions can co-exist, and even merge together, perfectly well. Even at the sarong stall.