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.
You can see the signs on the entrance stairway above that mark the point where you can no longer take pictures.
There were fifteen or so of these elephant heads that pumped water into the reflecting pool.
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.
These elephant carvings were on four columns that were in front of one of the three main meeting areas.
As you can see from the pictures, there were ornaments and carvings everywhere you looked.
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.
On this side you could go up to the lower area on the right and take photos.
I liked the way the shadows repeated the angles above and the repeating lines of the posts in the railings.
The detail above just gives you an idea of how everything was so ornately carved.
There was one of these peacock statues on both sides of the main entrance.
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.
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 —