Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Sole Survivor

Since you can't wear (or even carry) shoes inside a Hindu temple complex, you need to find a place to stash them while wandering around the holy site. Bigger temples will have multiple, official stalls for storage, a kind of hat/shoe-check area. If you venture off the tourist path a bit into smaller towns and temples, the place to leave your shoes becomes more of a freelance operation.

There is one such operation outside the Jalakanteshwara temple in Vellore, a lonely guy cobbling together a living with the few shoes he gets to check everyday.

The shoe-check man

The coins left; the chits used for checking.

His little flock of shoes.

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