14 2013 Nov

Work actually went more smoothly than I could dream of. It was one of those days everything you planned was falling into place. I did miss one thing which was to test out one of our apps out of the Bangalore office. But like 5 out of 6 things wasn’t so bad. So what did we do with our extra time, that being leaving by 4pm rather than 5pm? We let our driver decide that. Sounded like a good idea, though he did take us to some run of the mill tourist spots which included shops. If you don’t know what this was about, most drivers and tour guides have their own set of local places they’ll take visitors to. Probably some kick backs going on, but that’s how business works for them. So after all that was said and done, the only place worth mentioning was The Shiva Temple.

Shiv Mandir
#97, Old Airport Road,Ramagiri, Murugeshpalya,
Bangalore, Karnataka, 560 017
shivmandir.org.in

Verdict: Avoid. Not the type of temple I’m looking for.

Sure it’s set up like a huge tourist trap with it’s second rate amusement park atmosphere and constant asks for donations, but you gotta applaud them for trying. There was sort of a ride, who am I kidding, a tunnel you go through to see the history behind Shiva. It’s dark, narrow, and if you look closely, you’ll see some attempts at animatronics that will give old Disney rides a run for their money. At the end you’re greeted with a large statue, and even a wishing area for you to cast coins into the pond for your wishes. They’ve thought of plenty for you. Once you’re done, you exit the area through a barrage of shops peddling CD’s, souvenirs, and memorabilia. Be prepared if you plan to stop by.

Afterwards it was off to a work engagement and a wonderful night followed by a morning flight of hangover. Mental note: must have dinner before the consumption of alcohol!

Holy Threads @Shiv Mandir

These line the railings up to the first statue. They bring a more surreal scene to the amusement park feel of this place. Hopefully by the decades end, the whole place can be covered with these nice orange threads. But for now, it's only a small section you get to appreciate.

Prayer Bowls @Shiv Mandir

You walk around the set of bowls dropping a small donation in each prayer bowl. Don't worry, you're not dropping your own money into them, though theoretically you are. For a small fee they give you a bowl of coins and holy thread to pass around. I was a little too impatient for this. I missed a few and some had more than one coin from me.

Ganesha @Shiv Mandir

I believe this was a statue of Ganesha, which stood at the entrance to the tunnel. The tunnel tells the tale of Shiva and ends with a huge, five story statue of Shiva. Sorry folks, I don't have a picture to post of it.

Exit @Shiv Mandir

Don't know why I like this shot, but I do.

Waiting to Cross

Two fellas waiting to cross the street as traffic rolls on by. One was conscious of the exhaust fumes while the other only cared for an opening. Caught this right when a bus rolled by. Matching! Sorta.

Corn Vendor

Food was all catered today so I have no real review. And to make sure I have shots of food in my article, low and behold, a street vendor. And no, I didn't try the corn.

Shots

This was how I ended the night. Not a good thing since we were several beers in and a whole bottle of scotch down. All I know was that this was the last thing on my camera the morning I woke up wondering how I got back to my hotel room. Fucking great idea you say.

The OxPosted November 14, 2013 by the hungry ox


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