Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Walking Tour of Boise

These pics were taken during the final week of our stay in Boise in October'2012. The weather was splendid , the sky clear & blue and the sun shone brightly. I ventured out on a 2 hour afternoon walking tour through the now familiar streets & roads of Boise. I was armed with my Canon Powershot and kept  clicking quite a few delectable shots. I am presenting below some of the select pictures. Glorious fall colors were still visible. Some of the trees had started shedding leaves.The buildings are architecturally of simple design and painted in light and sober colors - whites, greys, browns. Americans generally dislike bright attractive colors. This is reflected even in the dresses they wear.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Badavalinga Temple - Hampi

This is located right next to the Lakshmi Narasimha monolith.( see previous post for pics & details). This is a large 3 meters high Siva Linga - also a monolith carved out in situ out of a single rock.The large circular pedestal or yone pitha remains in a bed of water. Legend has it that it was commissioned by a poor woman. The sanctum chamber is a rock, brick & mortar structure.The water source appears to be an underground stream flowing through the sanctum. Can you spot the three eye mark in the linga in the last picture ?


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