Thursday, 31 May 2012

Shining Shiva Shrines

Up the hill from the main complex of Pashupatinath is a remarkable array of shivalaya, or small shrines to Shiva. The place has the feel of an old, heavily patinaed southern cemetery, except you're walking amongst shrines, not tombs. There's uniformity in the size and layout of the shrines, but also plenty of room for unique details. Coupled with shade trees and monkeys, the place has an eerie, but cool vibe.

A look at a typical row of shivalayas. The moss adds to the style.

One of the finely carved details of a shrine. Ruins backdrop for extra mood.

The ever-present bull guarding a shrine. A nice shivalaya.

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