The Somnath temple in Gujarat, India is lighted up at night with multiple color themes and is a major attraction for tourists and worshippers.
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Somnath Temple Spire
The Somnath temple was reconstructed several times in the past after repeated destruction by multiple Muslim invaders and rulers over India.
The present temple is a Māru-Gurjara architecture (also called Chaulukya or Solanki style) temple. It has a “Kailash Mahameru Prasad” form. The architect of the new Somnath temple was Prabhashankarbhai Oghadbhai Sompura, who worked on recovering and integrating the old recoverable parts with the new design in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The new Somnath temple is intricately carved, two level temple with pillared mandapa and 212 relief panels.
The temple’s śikhara, or main spire, is 15 metres (49 ft) in height above the sanctum, and it has an 8.2-metre-tall flag pole at the top.
Shree Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple
The intricately carved honey-colored (further accentuated at sunset) Somnath temple on the western edge of Gujarat is believed to be the place where the first of the twelve holy jyotirlingas emerged in India – a spot where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light. The temples lies at the meeting of Kapila, Hiran and Sarasvati rivers and the waves of the Arabian Sea ebb and flow touching the shore on which it is constructed. The ancient temple’s timeline can be traced from 649 BC but is believed to be older than that. The present form was reconstructed in 1951.
The setting sun transforms the temple sign, in Hindi script, painted with Indian flag colors by casting a golden glow.
Somnath Temple, Gujarat
The Somnath temple is a Hindu temple located in Gujarat, India. It is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus and is believed to be first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. We visited the temple at sunset and the golden glow of the sun’s rays is evidenced in all images.
Photography is not allowed on the temple site so we had to access a walkway along the ocean to capture the images.
Alcatraz from Pacific Heights
Alcatraz Island is a small island in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco, California. The island was developed in the mid-19th century with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, and a military prison. Here are views of Alcatraz from Pacific Heights.
Pacific Park on the Pier
Located on the world famous Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Park is the family place to play! It’s the West Coast’s only amusement park located on a pier. There are a total of twelve rides in Pacific Park, including the world’s first and only solar powered Ferris wheel that provides a view of the Pacific Ocean and a roller coaster that circles the majority of the park. Pacific Park is also home to 14 midway games and over-the-ocean food and retail outlets. It has appeared in over 500 movies and television shows.
Santa Monica Pier
Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean, it symbolizes the heart of Santa Monica and is one of the most photographed locations in the world. Constructed in 1909, the storied Santa Monica Pier was the first concrete pier on the West Coast. It quickly gained a reputation among locals as the best fishing spot in Santa Monica. Santa Monica Pier fishing remains a popular activity to this day. It contains an amusement park, concession stands, and areas for views.
The Curve of the Linn Cove Viaduct
This award-winning complex concrete bridge (Linn Cove Viaduct) is a symbol of pride to landscape architects and engineers for its marriage of beauty with utility and habitat protection.
Foggy Images – Linn Cove Viaduct
Fog slowly rolls towards Linn Cove Viaduct on Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina. The Linn Cove Viaduct hugs the face of Grandfather Mountain and is recognized internationally as an engineering marvel.
Encasing an Icon
The World of Coca-Cola is a museum, located in Atlanta, Georgia, showcasing the history of the Coca-Cola Company. The iconic bottle on top of a building appears to be encased in a block of glass, with the sun creating silhouettes of its structure.
Lighting up the Statue of Unity
After sunset at the Statue of Unity, the laser show illuminates the 182- meter high structure and shows the journey of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and his role to create India as a nation from various subcontinents. The show uses the statue as a canvas with a beautiful mixture of laser lights, sound, graphics, and storytelling. There are a total of 51 high-resolution projectors used in the show.
Sunset at the Statue of Unity
A beautiful sunset at the Statue of Unity, Gujarat, India
A Lonely Chair to View the Statue
Building the Statue of Unity
Statue of Unity – Gujarat, India
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue or known as the Statue of Unity is situated in the Indian state of Gujarat. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875–1950) was the first Home Minister of India. The statue is the world’s tallest, standing at a height of 182 meters (597 feet).
A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, remains a working palace today. The Queen uses the Castle both as a private home, where she usually spends the weekend, and as an official Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties.
Tower of London at Night
Night lighting at the Tower of London provides glamour to a London landmark
Lonely at Night
The docks around Tower Bridge in London are empty at night but the bridge is illuminated to show off its beauty
Icons of London
The Tower Bridge and the ever-present red double-decker bus are definitely icons of London.
Sometimes confused with London Bridge, situated some 0.5 mi upstream, Tower Bridge has become an iconic symbol of London. It is a combined bascule and suspension bridge, built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London.
The majority of buses in London are still red and therefore the red double-decker bus remains a widely recognized symbol of the city.
Palace of Westminster
One of the most recognized buildings in the world, the Palace of Westminster in London owes its stunning Gothic architecture to the 19th-century architect Sir Charles Barry. The design and layout of the building were carefully designed to serve the needs and workings of Parliament.