Jyotir Lingum Yatra
Monday, January 20, 2003
Only which I had shot more film...
OK: I am a sucker for taking pictures of Indian children, and I probably even lean, in general, more toward taking pictures of the girls, because they are so attractive. While my other photo was the winner for the EVERYMAN contest, that does not change the fact that I really love other pictures, including
Goddesses at Play
Here was another situation, where I just wished I had had more film. I was at the end of a roll. The group's buses were parked outside a girl's school. We were waiting for people to trickle back to the bus from shopping around the temple. I wandered over to the gates of the school to take a look around.
The sign on the school read "Nutan Tryambak Vidalaya." If anyone out there can translate into english for me, please email me! I would love to somehow get this picture, along with the additional ones here that I want to show you, to these lovely young women, or at least their school teachers.
Tryambekeshwar holds nice memories for me, overall. Since I have been talking about the temples, but not really SHOWING you their awesomeness, even just in terms of their history and architecture, I wanted to include a couple pictures of the Tryambekeshwar Jyotir Lingum temple.
Jyotir loosely means "light" and Lingum is a cosmic egg-shaped representation of Shiva, one of the three main aspects of the Divine in Hinduism, often associated with dissolution or destruction, but not desctruction in a necessarily negative sense--more like what needs to take place before renewal or rebirth.
I would have liked to be able to show you what I saw inside, but this was one of those temples were no one could take pictures inside. As a matter of fact, if I recall correctly, this was one where women could not directly do puja (i.e. ritual worship) to the lingum.
Here is a couple outside shots of the temple, though: