Old architecture in India reflects symmetry in its line of doors along a passage
The water feature at BAPS Temple in Atlanta, Georgia is decorated with a row of elephant sculptures.
In India the elephant is a symbol for power, dignity, intelligence and peace. Elephants in Hinduism and the Indian Culture are a symbol of intellectual strength, and sturdy earthy mental strength. Elephants, in general, symbolize the qualities of wisdom, strength, courage, longevity, patience, honor, and stature.
Open to one and all, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, in Atlanta, Georgia) was inaugurated in August of 2007 after only 17 months of construction time utilizing 1.3 million volunteer hours. The Mandir is comprised of three types of stone (Turkish Limestone, Italian marble, and Indian pink sandstone). More than 34,000 individual pieces were carved by hand in India, shipped to the USA and assembled like a giant 3-D puzzle.
We are ending our long series of images from India with a shot of the full moon in rural Gujarat. Hope you found the images and associated comments on various sights and subjects interesting.
A construction truck leaves a trail of golden dust as the day ends in India. The setting sun reflects off the water creating an illusion of clouds.
Langur monkey mother and baby displaying closeness in Vadodara, India
Buffaloes and cows are essential animals in rural India as they provide fresh milk, readily available close to home
The motorcycle designers didn’t anticipate hay being transported on their vehicle, but a variety of goods are transported in innovative manner in India
A hand crafted mortal and pestle in a rural village in Gujarat, India
A vibrant sunrise at the Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Fresh sugar cane juice with some lemon and ginger is a treat. A colorful sugar cane juicer awaits customers on a street in India.
Colorful traditional clothes for children on sale at a street shop in India
Forget about packaging. Red chilies for sale by the pound in an open street market in Vadodara, India
Small shops with a variety of items for sale in Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Colorful handicrafts for sale in Hyderabad, India
Colorful saris for sale in a small shop in Gujarat, India
Some pigeons stay on the ground while others fly away besides a lake in Vadodara, India
Places to rest under the trees at a handicraft village in Hyderabad, India
Old gates, like this one in Vadodara, Gujarat, India, remind us of the amazing architecture of the past
An old stone doorway reflecting the architecture of ancient buildings in Gujarat, India