Travel Photography Photos tagged as monuments and temples
This detail from the main temple at Ranakpur shows how every square inch of the temples is covered in carvings of characters and Gods from the Jain mythology and history. The temple is exquisite and the young priest that showed us around was justifiably proud of where he worshipped
This place is really beautiful day and night. At night it seems to float on the lake of sacred waters surrounding it
Kiyomizudera ("Pure Water Temple") is one of Japan's most important Buddhist temples, associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest sects within the country. This is one of the many sacred statues one can find there.
Here is a small temple in Kyoto, dedicated to the Pig, situated in a residencial area close to the district of Ghion. It makes me think about the Chinese Calendar, which has been in continuous use for centuries. It predates the International Calendar (based on the Gregorian Calendar) we use at the present day. It measures time, from short durations of minutes and hours, to intervals of time measured in months, years and centuries, entirely based on the astronomical observations of the movement of the Sun, Moon and stars. February 18, 2007 will be the first day of the Chinese New Year, starting "The Year of the Pig". There are 12 animal names. So, by this system, year names are re-cycled every 12 years.
This is one of the many Buddhist deities found in the sorroundings of Sensoji, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple (the goddess of mercy), Tokyo's oldest, situated in Asakusa, a very popular district among locals and visitors.