Reader pics: Where India worships III
We invited readers to send in their favourite travel pic -- that one photograph that perfectly captures the beauty of a place they visited. In response, readers have sent in wonderful photographs from all across India. Here we feature some of photos readers sent in of India's many temples:
First up, Pankaj Kumar Sinha shares with us a picture of the Natraj Temple in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu.
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Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
Can a temple album ever be complete without a photograph of Kanyakumari? Lakshmanan P visited the place and shot this photograph.
Reader Ramesh Kulal writes this about the Vishnu temple in Ananthapura: "It has a simple, peaceful and divine atmosphere. There are no priests and crowd to bother you while enjoying the temple which is built on a lake. This was not in our itinerary. The local driver from Mangalore suggested it and we spent more than hour though it was delaying our check-in time at our next destination."
Dakshineshwar Kaali temple, Kolkata
Srividya shares with us this picture she took at the Dakshineshwar Kaali temple in Kolkata. This temple, she says, was the first one she visited with her husband soon after their wedding.
Shantadurga Temple, Goa
If beaches and rave parties do not excite you in Goa visit the Shantadurga Temple in Phonda area of the state.
Amit Mhalas writes of this view, "I shot this photograph during the monsoon, which made not only the temple but the entire landscape beautiful. The temple has some very serene surroundings despite being so close to India's most popular tourist spots."
Jhansi -- better known for its legendary queen Laxmibai is 45 km away from the temples of Sonagiri.
Abhishek Jain tells us, "There are 77 temples on the hill. Idols in these temples belong to Jain gods and are over 1000 years old. This hill is used by many Jain saints to achieve nirvana or salvation.
Sun Temple, Konark
Chennakeshava temple, Karnataka
Reader Srikath writes this of the Chennakeshava Temple in Belur, Karnataka: "This temple is famous for its intricate workmanship which includes elephants, lions, horses, episodes from the Indian mythological epics and sensuous dancers (Shilabalikas).
"It was a cloudy evening during August 2009 and the birds were coming home after a tired day when I shot this picture."