It's funny how time and distance change you, the roads you take don't always lead you home.
Melkote is a religious town located 50 km outside of Mysore. We went to view a Siva temple as well as enjoy Iyangar food prepared by Hindu Brahmins. Within the temple, we participated in the ritual. This included giving offerings of coconuts and flowers then receiving blessed basil in return. At the end, a holy flame is given and we placed our palms in the heat then to our eyes. Much of this practice is observed and perfected over time. Families bring children to these temple, making this a part of normal life for all Hindus. We exited the temple to explore the surrounding village on our own
This may be my favorite photo taken in Indian yet. This is day to day life–captured only as a photo, words cannot describe.
There were little alley ways that led to pools of water created for bathing or laundry. The architecture was almost European with little shop fronts and roads lined with houses. Apartments had petite balconies looking over the world below. It turns out that the French settled here, explaining the unique ambiance of this Indian town.