Scott in India 2005 travel blog

Morning at the Hotel Arya Niwas in Jaipur

Lunch stop on the road to Ranthambore

Roof shingles of stone slabs

Woman laborer

In Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan state

Bob's favorite cow

In Sawai Madhopur

A street performer in Sawai Madhopur

A street performer

Spectators

Ranthambore Fort built in the 10th Century

Abhishek explains about the religious statues (covered with saffron-colored paint)

Entrance to Ranthambore Fort

Shrine to Ganesha at entrance to fort

Abhishek at fort entrance (note the spikes on the door)

A lake inside the fort

A pavilion at Ranthambore Fort

Abhishek, Louise, and Sue

A monkey

Monkey and Scott

Shrine with a linga (emblem of Lord Shiva)

Water carrier at Ranthambore Fort

At Ranthambore Fort

Temple dedicated to Ganesha (from the 8th century)

Monkey at Ganesha temple

Louise with holy cows

Monkey that stole marigold necklace from temple visitors


Mary wrote:

RANTHAMBORE FORT

Strung along a promontory, the fort's massive walls are strengthened by round towers and bastions. Inside are the remains of palaces, barracks, and Hindu and Jain temples. Constantly overrun by invaders, the fort was at the peak of its glory in the 1280s, then ultimately sacked by Muslims in (maybe) the 1400s. This didn't end the waves of invaders who followed from fighting fiercely for its control.

Dave was barfing in the bushes from some bug in his guts as two temples in particular caught my attention. The first: a small temple to Shiva which a devotee pointed out to Scott and me as we walked by: tiny, tiny, dark inside, with milk and honey dripping over the traditional, marigold-strewn altar of a stone lingam ("Wand of Light," or penis) and vagina. The second temple: one of India's oldest temples to Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed god who helps followers to overcome obstacles. I bought a garland of marigolds to present to Ganesh, only to have two determined black-faced monkeys and a large cow try to grab and eat them.



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