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All posts in January, 2017

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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Two photos of the Shri Adi Badrinath Temple on Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh, district of Uttarakhand, India. This temple is dedicated to Vishnu.
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Entrance arch, altar with statue of reclining Vishnu with Lakshmi in background.
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Entrance to Shri Adi Badrinath Temple Lakshman Jhula Rishikesh India
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Closeup of entrance statue of reclining Vishnu with Lakshmi.
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Closeup Shri Adi Badrinath Temple Lakshman Jhula Rishikesh India
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Kalimath village is regarded as a divine place and shakti peeth on the river Saraswati in the Himalayas, Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the `Siddha Peeths` of the region and is held in high religious esteem. The temple of Goddess Kali is visited by many devotees especially during the `Navratras` Nine Nights of the Divine Mothers. It is the only place in the world where there are temples to Kali, Lakshmi, and Saraswati, the three Divine Mothers.
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Kali Temple at KaliMath India
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Kali Temple at KaliMath India
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Trayabakeshwar Terah Manzil Temple at Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh, India. The ground floor displays many gated altars open only when blessings are being offered. This is a pujari (priest) offering blessings at the Ganesh Altar.
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Trayabakeshwar Temple pujari offering blessings Ganesh Altar
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Shiva Temple open for blessings on Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh, district of Uttarakhand, India.
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Shiva Temple Lakshman Jhula Rishikesh India
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Kunjapuri Temple is located near Narendranagar 28 Km from Rishikesh. Dedicated to Goddess Shakti. According to legends, Kunjapuri Mandir is located where the chest part of sati fell. Uttarakhand, India. This is a shaktipeet; legend says a piece of the Goddess Sati fell here when she died. This man was drumming for a wedding taking place at the temple.
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Wedding drummer at Kunjapuri Temple near Rishikesh India
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Kunjapuri Temple is located near Narendranagar 28 Km from Rishikesh. Dedicated to Goddess Shakti. According to legends, Kunjapuri Mandir is located where the chest part of sati fell. Uttarakhand, India. This is a shaktipeet; legend says a piece of the Goddess Sati fell here when she died.
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Temple Entrance Arch
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Kunjapuri Temple near Rishikesh India
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Temple
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Kunjapuri Temple near Rishikesh India
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Box Elder tree flowers, Acer Negundo in the aceraceae family.
Five photos, three closeup/macros, two not.
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Closeup 1 of 3
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Box Elder Tree Flowers
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Closeup 2 of 3
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Box Elder Tree Flowers
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Closeup 3 of 3
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Closeup of Box Elder Tree Flowers
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Non-closeup 1 of 2
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Box Elder Tree Flowers
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Non-closeup 2 of 2
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Box Elder Tree Flowers
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Attracts butterflys; trumpet shaped flowers; perennial; Gaillardia grandiflora; blanket flower or blanketflower; red, orange, and yellow blossoms. Asteraceae Aster family.
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Gaillardia Grandiflora Blanket Flower
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