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Posts tagged “Hinduism

Pura Batu Bolong

lombok batu bolong

 

This Hindu temple was a ten minute walk down the beach from our hotel.  A beautiful reminder of the religious heritage of Lombok.


900th post…here’s a temple

Tanah Lot too

I’ve already posted a photo of this temple, Tanah Lot, but I found this photo hiding amongst others and I really like the wider angle on this shot than the other that I’ve already posted.

What do you think?

Oh, and this is my 900th post…whoa…that’s a lot of photos.


A Bali God

bali god

This week has been crazy. Too many things happening at once. Don’t ask. I need to spend some time meditating. Thanks for your anticipated concern.


WordPress Photo Challenge: Beyond

lotus beyond

The lotus flower was thought to show a level of detachment beyond that of regular people. The Bhagavad Gita says that the lotus symbolizes one whose actions are untouched by sin and who performs his duties with no attachment. At the same time, the lotus had significance in Greek mythology; the lotus, when eaten, could induce a incomparable apathy. It would take one far beyond the reality of daily routine.

This week’s Photo Challenge is “Beyond”, and this lotus flower was shot at the Pura Taman Sari in Bali.


Photo Friday: Pattern

beratan temple

I love the temples in Bali. There are hundreds (thousands?) of mosques here in Jakarta, but in Bali, over 90% of the population identifies itself with Hinduism. Hindu temples all have such interesting repetition, interesting patterns in their construction. This temple, the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan water temple, shows a great example of the repetition in construction.

Yes, I’ve posted a photo of this temple before, but this was shot with my DSLR – the other was shot with my iPad. I like this one better.


It’s the night before Christmas…LATE NIGHT SHOPPING!

late night shopping

I don’t know which Hindu god this is, but he might be battling a dragon for better deals for Christmas Eve shopping.

This is one of many gods we saw on our way into the city of Kuta, Bali.  The fact that the “late night shopping” sign is in the background just adds a post-modern materialistic context to a very old religion.  Hmm…I wonder what the rest of our trip will be like?


Prambanan Temple.

 

What you see above is the Prambanan Temple…or temples, to be more accurate.  The Prambanan and Borobudur Temple complexes are both set up as mandalas, which can be seen from above.  But what is so impressive is seeing how, from the right angles, the main temple is enhanced with each of the smaller temples in front of it.  The line up perfectly.


WordPress Photo Challenge: Foreign

This is a shot of the Prambanan Temple complex near Yogyakarta.  It is part of my (adopted) country, but being both Hindu and over 1000 years old, it is foreign to me.


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