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Three photos, two of the entrance, and one of people sitting and meditating beside the Bodhi Tree, an offspring of the tree beneath which the Buddha Awakened.
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Great Buddha Temple
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Great Buddha Temple
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Great Buddha Temple
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This is one of my favorite photos from India; a family asked me to pose with them in front of the Great Buddha Statue in Bodhgaya.
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Great Buddha Statue
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Several interesting photos here of the architecture and details, a group of young monks, and a man riding a camel!
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Temple
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Temple
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Temple Roof Detail
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Roof Detail
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Detail of door frame decorative painting
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Temple Door Frame
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Detail of lintel decorative painting
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Temple Lintel
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Young Monks at the monastery.
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Yong Monks
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Man riding a camel outside the temple
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Man Riding Camel
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Three photos of the Pushkar Temple on Pushkar Mandir Rd, Rishikesh, district of Uttarakhand, India. One of the most beautiful, colorful, and intricately decorated temples I saw in Rishikesh. It is listed as one of the oldest temples in the area.

Finding it was a bit  of a miracle. I had one of those “not to scale” maps that meant the street I was looking for could have been a couple blocks or a couple miles down the road! I simply followed my intuition and managed to turn down the right road; it was only a short walk from the Ram Jhula Bridge.

As I walked along, two boys on bikes said, “Hello!” I greeted them as well, and asked, “Temple?” They pointed further down the street I was on.

The street here is very narrow hence the slightly skewed photos. At the time I was there, the temple was closed and wouldn’t open for several hours, so I had to miss the interior.
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Pushkar Temple Rishikesh India
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Pushkar Temple Rishikesh India
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Pushkar Temple Rishikesh India
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Sri Bharat Mandir Vishnu Temple, Mayakund, Rishikesh, district of Uttarakhand, India. This temple complex was an easy walk from Triveni Ghat.

Below are several photos of the exterior relief paintings of deities.
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Sri Bharat Mandir Temple Rishikesh India
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Sri Bharat Mandir Temple, Mayakund, Rishikesh, district of Uttarakhand, India. Exterior relief paintings of deities.
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Sri Bharat Mandir Temple Rishikesh India
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Sri Bharat Mandir Temple, Mayakund, Rishikesh, district of Uttarakhand, India. Exterior relief paintings of deities.
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Sri Bharat Mandir Temple Rishikesh India
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Thousands of people bring decorated baskets of food to the Varanasi ghats to thank Surya the Sun God for sustaining life. This is the only Vedic Festival dedicated to the sun.
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It was during this festival that I had the opportunity to perform the immersion ritual for purification. I immersed myself three times and, after the third time, I had a rather profound rebirthing experience!
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Chhath Festival, Ganges River, Varanasi, India
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Two photos: Thousands of people gather on the Varanasi ghats to commemorate the victory of Krishna over the serpent Kaliya. A boat enters the circle in the water and a boy playing the role of Krishna jumps into the river.
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Nag Nathaiya Krishna Ceremony, Ganges River, Varanasi, India
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Nag Nathaiya Krishna Ceremony, Ganges River, Varanasi, India
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Entrance to Sri Bharat Mandir Temple and museum, Mayakund, Rishikesh, district of Uttarakhand, India. On the grounds there is a museum of ancient stone carvings, some dating back to the Second Century.
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Entrance to Sri Bharat Mandir Temple and museum
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View of the entrance to the Vishnu Temple. I, along with several others, waited for the temple to open for blessings.
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Entrance to Vishnu Temple
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This is the detail of painted ceiling at the entrance to the Vishnu Temple. Note the beautiful Lotus, a common symbol in India.
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Sri Bharat Mandir Temple entrance
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Lakshmi Narayan Mandir in Delhi, India. The temple, dedicated to Vishnu and Lakshmi, was funded by the Birla family. There are many altar alcoves inside with pujaris (priests) offering blessings. (Narayan is another name for Vishnu.)
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Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Birla Temple
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Vishwanath Mandir or Hidden Shiva Temple in the village of Guptakashi (means Hidden Shiva) in the Himalayas, Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand, India, is on the road to Kedarnath Temple.
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Vishwanath Shiva Temple, Guptakashi, India
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Ardhnareswar Temple on the right is in Guptakashi (Hidden Shiva) in the Himalayas, Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand, India. Ardhanareshvara is dedicated to the half-man half-woman deity representing the merging of masculine and feminine, Shiva and Parvati.
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Ardhnareswar Temple beside Shiva Temple, Guptakashi, India
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