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We often go through our day and forget to take a moment and look around us at all the wonders God has created for us to enjoy. Join me in seeing some of the moments I have captured with my camera and am able to share with you.

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A Trip to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

My wife and I took a trip on Friday to an Indian Mandir in Lilburn, Georgia.  It was about an hours drive from my house and the day turned out to be just beautiful. The only problem I had was that you could only take photos in certain areas on the outside of the temple and none inside or near the entrances to the main temple. Even with those restrictions we still had an interesting trip. If you are interested in more info you can CLICK HERE.

Here are some of the shots I took.

Front View Across The Reflecting Pool

Front View Across The Reflecting Pool

You can see the signs on the entrance stairway above that mark the point where you can no longer take pictures.

Elephants In The Reflecting Pool

Elephants In The Reflecting Pool

There were fifteen or so of these elephant heads that pumped water into the reflecting pool.

Domes

Domes

We were told that the largest of these domes weighed four and a half tons. From the inside it was covered with carved flowers and statues that represented something special to the worshippers.

Elephant Carvings on Columns

Elephant Carvings on Columns

These elephant carvings were on four columns that were in front of one of the three main meeting areas.

Ornamented Dome

Ornamented Dome

As you can see from the pictures, there were ornaments and carvings everywhere you looked.

View From Left Side

View From Left Side

The area above was reached by two flights of stairs but you were not allowed to take photos anywhere on the stairway. The porches were covered with beautiful carvings.

View From The Right Side

View From The Right Side

On this side you could go up to the lower area on the right and take photos.

Lines And Angles

Lines And Angles

I liked the way the shadows repeated the angles above and the repeating lines of the posts in the railings.

Close Up of Carvings

Close Up of Carvings

The detail above just gives you an idea of how everything was so ornately carved.

Peacock Statue

Peacock Statue

There was one of these peacock statues on both sides of the main entrance.

View From The Stairs

View From The Stairs

This shot was taken as high up as you were allowed to go and still take photos. There is actually a portion of the building you can’t see in this shot because of the angle of the photo. The stairway is blocking out  about 10 – 15 feet of building and several large informational signs.

Flags On The Spire

Flags On The Spire

This is a close up of the tall spire on the right hand side of the shot above.

We toured the inside of the temple and got an insight into some of the history of the religious figures that were so important to the people who worship here.  The inside was covered in carvings and statues and had white marble walls. It was very beautiful and had been created in India and shipped to the US and then assembled on this site.

We enjoyed our visit and ended the day with a visit to the cafe where every one tried out some authentic Indian foods.

Until next time —

 

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