Our Yoga trip to Bangalore was mostly sightseeing for the first week. Although every morning and evening there was a yoga practice, but the rest of the day we were off playing and photographing in and around Bangalore. On our ride to Mysore to see the Royal Palace, our driver stopped and let us rest at the ancient temple of Sri Navaneetha Krishnar. By some accounts this temple is about 3,000 years old while others place it closer to 1,500 years. Too many of my lifetimes to make musch of a difference to me and it was very photogenic, as seen here.
Getting up to the gate of the temple we had to navigate what looks like a 24/7 tourist/farmers market. This temple is a popular pilgrimage destination so no shortage of street vendors, booths for those who can afford them, and other vendors with their wares laid out on a blanket in along the wide walkway up to the VERY SCARY looking gates that lead into this ancient temple.
Creepy, just a little bit. Very cool too, in an Indiana Jones kind of way. If our driver wasn’t in a hurry to get to Mysore, I would have wanted to explore that one more thoroughly.
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