Arunachaleswarar temple complex in Tiruvannamalai
It’s not easy to be just a brief visual tour guide when speaking about the place which is so dear to my heart. It’s not easy to say anything about this place without first pointing to the stillness that this temple is devoted to, in essence. It is a temple dedicated to the inner fire of presence itself, the core of our being, the spirit within and throughout, the consciousness itself.
My guess is that the temple is designed to blow your mind with all of it’s overwhelment of colors, shapes, details, and complexity. I’m saying it playfully but there is much to it, especially to the western mind.
I needed to be a spiderman with a camera here to take this shot from a hideout. I was warned that the temple elephant doesn’t like to be portrayed. They didn’t know how gentle I could be with my camera, but they didn’t need to know.