Tiny shrines like these dot the Himalayan countryside. Some of them are devoted to local deities (Himachal Pradesh is called the land of a thousand deities, almost every valley and village has its patron), some might honor local heroes. There’s scant space for an earthen lamp and a joss-stick; but no matter where these lie, … Continue reading
Such temples, perched on steep mountainsides are not an uncommon sight in the Himalayas. The climb starts much below the level that can be seen in this picture; we were in a moving car and the valley below is not visible from this angle. I am not a religious person, but I can understand the … Continue reading
A few shots of the snow-clad Himalayas.
This unprepossessing little structure was once a source of potable water – a mountain stream was temporarily dammed to create a reservoir of fresh, clean water on the hillside.
Standing in the cool crisp morning mountain air, in an ancient wood temple, the scent of incense heavy around me, the sound of drums and cymbals and trumpets reverberating around, I could see why faith moves people.
Like other religious mythologies around the world, ancient Hindu mythology also had its own version of the Great Flood, and the salvation of humankind through one exceptionally pious man. India had Manu, and the legend goes that Manali was where he finally landed after the floods receded; it ancient name was Manualaya (home of Manu). … Continue reading
Winter, morning, and free balloons: what more could a child want?