India: Devotion 5

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: At the top of Chamundi Hill in Mysore, is the beautiful Chamundeshwari temple. But leading up to the temple is a set of 1,511 very difficult steps (as a side note, I would like to make it clear that when we started out, we were told there were only 1,000 steps. That made the extra 511 are extra-hard.)

Some local people climb the steps for exercise, for the beautiful view at the top– or as an act of devotion. As we climbed, we encountered this Sahdu who allowed us to take a picture and then gave me a blessing.

WHAT AM I DOING TODAY, AN EXPLANATION; I’m using the next few Sundays to showcase the last of my favorite photos from our recent trip to London and India. Just like last Sunday’s eight-photo series “Colors”, this will be an eight-photo series called “India: Devotion.”

The series began at midnight and runs through 11.59 pm today. Each photo will run for three hours. For previous photos, please check the archives.

SO WHAT IS THIS SERIES ABOUT?: All throughout India you encounter people who have devoted their lives to their religion; Pilgrims… Priests… Teachers… Sahdu… Imams — or just devout believers.

Religion is such a part of life, or so it appears to the casual passerby, as to be inseparable from it. It’s especially obvious in places of special religious meaning, such as Varanasi, Mysore, Sarnath, and many others. Today, I’m trying to show a little bit of the various kinds of devotion we experienced on our trip.

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