A Temple Under the Clouds

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta, Georgia is a traditional Hindu mandir, or place of worship, inaugurated on 26 August 2007 by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, a denomination of the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism. The mandir located in the Atlanta suburb of Lilburn, was constructed in accordance with ancient Hindu architectural scriptures, and is one of the largest mandir of its kind outside of India.

A Temple Under the Clouds

A Metaphor for India

As we end our posting of images from India, the rural pond provides a great metaphor about India. The pond is stark but there is still the beauty of lotus flowers in it.

If you look past the multitude of people living in somewhat primitive conditions in a still developing nation, one can see the overt and hidden beauty of India and its people.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart” – Helen Keller

A Rural Village Pond

A Rural Village Pond

Crowds at a Temple

Kayavarohan, a village in the Vadodara district of the state of Gujarat, India, is mostly known for it significant Shiva temple.

Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in reverence of the God Shiva. At the Shiva Temple in Kayavarohan, crowds gather to celebrate this annual event.

Crowds at a Temple

Crowds at a Temple