The Pursuit of Religion

This is South India. The land of ubiquitous hindu temples. Here, for a millennium, the kings didn't dare to construct lavish palaces for the fear of those being looted and destroyed by rival armies. So instead they raised massive temples, as homage to the gods, that also doubled as political and community centers.

Today, the sites are preserved and they continue to serve as places of worships. The temples don't have scheduled services (at least not entirely) and people's movements through the vast space are more free-form. They lounge, socialize and have quiet moments -- not that different from a summer evening at a park. Which is my favorite atmosphere to seek out a subtle image from an everyday scene.

Only, here, instead of sycamores, there are aged stones in the background and, instead of naked calves, there are bright silk fabrics.

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