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5 days, 5 photos challenge. Day 1 (2nd go) – the little temple on the top of the rock

I’ve done this before, but I’ll do it again. Hi, I’m mad, in case we haven’t met!

The Rules: The challenge is – “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. Thanks to Mon for nominating me, I said I’d give it a try and here I am!

Well since very few, if any, have bothered to take up the challenges I’ve sent their way, I’ve decided to forgo nominations this time. My Vulcan side tells me I’m either too bad at matching challenges and people (and yes, I put in effort at that) or people don’t really care. I’m not going to say I’m throwing it open for anyone wishing to take the challenge up either.





In the middle of nowhere, along a hilly road, on top of an outcrop of rock, was this little shrine. The nearest village must have been a couple of kilometers away at least.





I climbed the winding way to the top, to see the red flags, symbol of the feminine divine fluttering in the breeze. Though I was only a little bit above road level, the wind, untrammeled by trees, was stronger, cooler, almost fresher.



This was what lay inside the little alcove. A piece of rock. It might have been a stone idol once, but if it had been then years of worship had effaced all that the sculptor might have etched onto its surface. And yet, here in the middle of nowhere, someone came daily to worship and light incense and say a prayer, perform a little “aarti”. The smell of the joss stick still lingered, I must have missed the devotee by half an hour, maybe less. I wish I could have taken a better shot from further back, but that would have involved me standing in mid-air and sadly, I’m not Wile E Coyote.

I’m not a theist and I don’t believe faith can move mountains, but this I do believe, faith can move man. For better or worse, but it can. And this crude shrine is a symbol of that.


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


15 thoughts on “5 days, 5 photos challenge. Day 1 (2nd go) – the little temple on the top of the rock

  1. Faith can move mountain- I even wrote a poetry about the mountain man. 🙂


    Posted by Kritika Vashist | 28/06/2015, 10:23 PM
  2. Looks quite a peaceful place (around shrine). Faith can indeed move mountains, try it sometime 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Alok Singhal | 28/06/2015, 8:04 PM
  3. So glad you are doing it again, Dr. Hb! 🙂


    Posted by Amy | 28/06/2015, 6:53 PM
  4. I loved this post. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Victo Dolore | 28/06/2015, 6:37 PM
  5. Thank you for sharing the lovely photos. I hope you’re having a good evening. x

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Sabiscuit | 28/06/2015, 6:29 PM
  6. Great to see you’re doing this challenge again and awesome pics 🙂 and yes faith can move men, if not mountains 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Darshith Badiyani | 28/06/2015, 6:19 PM

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