I was having breakfast in the alfresco restaurant at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur when I caught sight of this amorous couple a few feet away on the steps of the palace. Fortunately, I had my camera with me with the appropriate lens already mounted.
The Hindu festival of Mahashivaratri will be celebrated on February 12 this year.
The 12th C temple of Mahadeva (another name for Shiva) set in a remote forest at Tambdi Surla is Goa‘s oldest surviving temple. It remains a place of active worship to this day.
This photograph was taken in 2007 in the thick of the monsoon season. When I got to Tambdi Surla that morning a heavy downpour had just subsided. The ambience was magical and this framing suggested itself quite naturally. The slight colour cast of green on the temple structure is not a processing artifact; it is a consequence of the wet temple reflecting the surrounding foliage.
See this earlier entry for another view of the temple.
Awhile back I posted photographs of the cemetery cross in the Goan village of Saligao framed against the setting sun. As mentioned there, I had to stake out the location for a number of days before I scored that shot. On one of the earlier ‘unsuccessful’ evenings, Nature flashed an unexpected spectacle. I call it The Flaming Cross, seen below.
Note: I have cloned out the intruding power lines in this image.
The Deepastambha is a characteristic feature found in the courtyards of Goa‘s Hindu temples. The word is formed by conjoining the Sanskrit words Deepa (lamp) and Stambha (pillar), and thus means “Pillar of Lamps.”
This photograph of the Deepastambha at the Mahalsa temple in Mardol was taken at daybreak.
A more modest Deepasthamba adorns the courtyard of the temple of Goddess Bhumika in the village of Chopdem.
An ancient Deepasthamba near the remains of Piso Ravlu temple in Mayem is embraced by a Peepal tree.
I was loitering in Korgaon one evening, taking in the languid rhythms of this rural corner of Goa, when I first spotted Ganulo ambling along on the village street. I trailed him firing off several frames without his knowledge before striking up an acquaintance. Ganulo is the nickname of Ghanashyam Dhond, a lifelong denizen of Korgaon. This nonagenarian belongs to both a time and a type that are now on the way out.
A few weeks later I was again in Korgaon and there he was, hunched over in the temple verandah.