Going through my archive of photos I came across these images that I had taken a couple of years back in Rajasthan, India. Most of these photos were shot on the outskirts of Jodhpur in small villages. I applied a particular style to these images to give them the look that they have below. These styles were applied in Adobe Lightroom 4 initially using “Matt’s 300 Look – Soft” (by Matt Kloskowski) preset then modified to give them the final touch below.

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On July 6th I did a blog post of photos of Indian children I photographed in the little town of Nagaur in northern Rajasthan. Here are a few more photos of kids from that town. The town truly is in the middle of the desert and the only highlight besides the wonderful people is the amazing 1700 year old fort.

 

I’m in a little town 2 hours north of Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan, North India. On an excursion yesterday evening in town I encountered so many children with bright smiling faces and sweet shyness. Here’s a small collection of photos for now. Thanks for a great evening kids!

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This is part 3 of our series of posts on the Madurai Meenakshi temple in Tamil Nadu state in South India. Today’s images show Hindus worshiping in the temple. From statues carved into pillars to small shrines tucked away along the long corridors to the sanctum sanctorum, there is no shortage of devotion to be seen anywhere in this temple.

A Hindu couple applies oil on a carving of a deity on a pillar who is depicted to be pregnant.

One of the many statues carved into the pillars at the temple

A Hindu lady worships at one of the smaller shrines tucked away between two gigantic pillars

A Hindu girl places kumkum (red powder) on her friend's forehead.

A massive Ganesha graces a shrine at the Meenakshi temple. Here Ganesha is known as Mukkuruni Vinayagar and is one of the largest Ganesha statues in the south.

A young girl prays devoutly to Ganesha.

 

Morning at the Madurai Meenakshi Temple. Tamil Nadu, South India. (Part 2)

Within the walls of Madurai’s famed Meenakshi temple we explore the area in front of the Siva Sanctum. The pillars in this area are amazing in beauty and in size, and probably the best in the entire temple. Most of these I did not photograph but amongst all the gigantic pillars there was one that was quite simple but very popular among many of the pilgrims. The statue of the Mahadeva (great angel) Hanuman was carved on it. Hanuman is the popular monkey faced being who is worshiped by most Hindus.

Here he is covered in an orange-red paste. Countless pilgrims stop by him, touching his feet in search of blessing and lighting small clay oil lamps in offering. Hanuman is getting much attention amongst the devout pilgrims of this temple.

The morning light was just right to capture all of this and I quietly positioned myself next to a nearby pillar and took the following photos. I hope you enjoy them.

A statue of Hanuman portrudes out of a tall granite pillar at the Madurai Meenakshi temple.

An elder pilgrim touches Hanuman's feet in search of blessings.

A lamp is kept filled with oil throughout the day and burns brightly next to Hanuman.

 

I always feel blessed when I have the opportunity to visit the Meenakshi temple in Madurai. The sanctum of the temple is powerful and the experience each time ineffable.

I always leave my camera behind when I go to temples and if I do take my camera I hardly ever take any photos. This trip I decided that I’ll spend one of the morning’s capturing life in the temple showing Hindus worshiping, some of the shrines, and highlighting some parts of this beautiful temple.

I’ll start from the outside of the temple and slowly make my way in over a few parts which I will cover over the next few days. Our spiritual adventure continues and we are enjoying the extended stay of 3 nights in Madurai.

The north entrance to the temple with its massive doorway and spectacularly colorful tower adorned with countless statues

A close up look at one of the towers from within the temple through one of the ancient skylights. Bars have been placed across the skylights to protect the temple from intruders.

A close up look at a couple of statues on one of the towers.

A smaller tower, no less colorful and beautiful, adorns one of the inner perimeter walls.

Entering past the perimeter walls long corridors grace the temple with spectacularly carved pillars

At one of the entrances, the temple elephant sways gracefully, fulfilling his morning duty of blessing pilgrims

 

After a long flight from New York via Dubai I finally arrived in Chennai at the painful 3am arrival hour. With a day to spend in Chennai before our afternoon flight to Madurai we decided to explore a few places, one of which was Marina Beach. Having never been to a beach in Chennai I was curious to see what it was like. It’s wide and long at about 13kms (8.1 miles) making it the world’s second longest beach…something I did not know. Here are a few photos taken at the beach on a not too hot summer’s day in South India.

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This lady seems to be decorating a mound of food that seems to be made out of checkpeas or something similar.

The Tower of Samosas. This is the kind of architecture that I am into.