When I was in India, there was this amazing temple that we had a chance to visit, but unfortunately I was not able to take pictures. Thankfully, there are ones provided by the temple website that I can share here. It was an amazing temple – incredible hand-carved details and a monumental scale. We had to take off our shoes to visit, which I think only heightens the experience. What’s amazing about it is that it was only built in the last 10 or so years, and isn’t some ancient artifact. The level of craftsmanship is simply astounding; you really start to think that no one in the world values craftsman anymore, until you see this.
The above picture is a detail of the ceiling – not only do the layers go up in ascending order, but they’re all carved from just one piece of marble. Can you imagine the patience and precision it would take in order to create something like this not just once, but many times over? There are a dozen ceilings like this, all with their own unique design.
What’s amazing is that all of this lies in the heart of busy, congested, polluted Delhi. The grounds alone are a fantastic respite from the hustle and bustle, and would be impressive anywhere, let alone in the middle of a chaotic cosmopolitan city.