Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore India - Richard Reeve
Hinduism, the major religion for the Indian subcontinent, has thousands of gods that are worshiped. These myriad deities fall within the trinity of major gods, Shakti (Devi), Vishnu, and Shiva.
Shakti, or Devi, is the creator and changer; Vishnu is the preserver, or protector; and Shiva is the god of destruction. Of course, each god has many other minor deities associated with them. Too many to list, in fact as some can be very specific indeed. This makes Hinduism a very personal religion, whilst existing in a larger framework. There are many temples throughout the city of Chennai dedicated to various deities and they are usually very colorful. One of the oldest is the Kapaleeshwarar (Kapaleeswar) temple in Mylapore, which is dedicated to Shiva and his related deities.
The temple is extremely colorful, as shown in my other photographs, so much so that it is easy to get lost in the colors. For this reason I have created this digital pen and ink interpretation of the temple to give an alternate view of the carvings.
April 7th, 2017
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