Part 2: Colourful temples and god statues

I’m always memorised from the moment I stand outside a temple and the moment I enter. The colour, architecture and its history make it an iconic symbol in the Indian culture.

I have listed below, a few that will simply take your breath way. 

Meenakshi Temple is located in South India. Its artistic and stunning architecture honours the goddess Meenakshi. The temple is surrounded by 12 towers called gopurams. Each tower is shaped as a pyramid and is surrounded by gods and animals painted in a variety of colours. 

The Taj Mahal is located in Agra and was built by Shah Jahan, an emperor in the memory of his wife who died during childbirth. The iconic and striking building is marked as a symbol of love to his wife. The exterior is covered in ivory white marble with amazing structural design and intricate patterns influenced from the Persian, Indian and Islamic culture, with the central dome surrounded by smaller domes. The Taj Mahal is also surrounded by several buildings and gardens.

The Golden Temple is located in Amritsar and is the holy temple in Sikhism. Gold in colour, the architectural beauty is simply breaktaking. The atmosphere is peaceful and calming as religious songs are sung at the temple. The Golden Temple has four doors and signifies that it welcomes people from all walks of life. Langar food is served to all visitors and Parshad, a sweet offering is also given too. 

Temples are a place of spirituality and peace. There is always a story and a meaning behind it that draws you in.

Hindu gods

When I see Hindu god statues in a temple, the colours and attention to detail simply takes your breath away every time. Worshippers singing ‘puja’ which is a form of worship towards a god brings a sense of tranquillity within a room.

I have listed below a few colourful Hindu gods –

The supreme god in Hinduism is Brahman and other gods represent different versions of him. Brahma creates everything in the universe. Vishnu, the preserver maintains the peace and harmony in the universe. Shiva, is the destroyer of the universe, so that its rebirth can take place at the end of each phase.

 

Krishna, on the other hand is the incarnation of Vishnu, who is seen as the highest avatar (descent) and the most recognisable. He is often referred as the god of wisdom, compassion, warrior and teacher.  Krishna skin is depicted as blue and always holds a flute. 

Ganesh has an elephant head and is the son of Parvati and Shiva. He helps to remove obstacles and brings wisdom and good luck. All Hindu gods look different but all serve a purpose and are worshipped by many. They are all so colourful!

god pic 5

I hope you’re getting a sense of why the Indian culture has had an influence in my colour choices. Stay tuned for the next blog post about Indian spices and food.

Happy reading folks! 🙂

*All pics are from Pixabay

 

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