In addition to making his own Shiva linga, the sage Agastiya is also believed to have founded the Agasthyeshwara Temple, an ancient temple in the village with elements that date back at least a thousand years to the Chola and Ganga periods. Continue reading Tirumakudalu Narasipur Agasthyeshwara Temple
When I reached a small temple closer by the Kapila River at Nanjangud, a colorful wedding procession was forming.
It probably wasn’t a coincidence that there was an elephant standing outside the Nanjundeshwara Temple when I visited it; for in the 19th century the local ruler the Tippu Sultan donated a precious jade Shiva-linga and emerald necklace to the temple after his favorite pachyderm was cured of blindness by the deity. Continue reading Nanjangud Nanjundeshwara Temple Elephant
Tucked away in the bucolic obscurity of the small village of Somanathapur only a few kilometers from Talakad is one of the most beautiful temples in all of India: the Kesava. Continue reading Somanathapur Kesava Temple
As we walked out of the Virupaksha Temple past the ramshackle shops and broken-down buildings lining both sides of the main street running through the legendary Hampi Bazaar, I found it very difficult to imagine that this was once the center of one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the world before its destruction in 1565. Continue reading Hampi Bazaar
A short video tour of Sanxia Zushi Temple.
About thirty minutes from Taipei is one of the island’s most beautiful and distinctive temples, the Zushi Temple in the small town of Sanxia (三峽). Continue reading Sanxia Zushi Temple
Here’s a further taste of the colorful chaos that can reign at Daoist festivals at the Dalongdong Baoan Temple. Continue reading Daoist festival at Dalongdong Baoan Temple
The Dalongdong Baoan Temple brings together a colorful mix of Daoist, Buddhist, and even Confucian iconography that gives you a vivid snapshot of the astonishing richness of Chinese culture and folklore. Continue reading Dalongdong Baoan Temple