Photographer's Note

Paul had an interest in my old India photos. I was twice in India - in the south in 2004 and later in November 2009. There are here quite many photos showing Charminar - the iconic place of Hyderabad. I was interested mainly in the Golkonda fortress.
Here is an interesting imho the temple Sri Jagadamba.
Sri Jagadamba Mahakali Temple looks like a cave temple in certain aspects. The 300 stairs or steps that lead to this temple is decorated with vermillion and yellow marks by the devotees who visit every day with a lot of commitment and dedication. It is to be highly noted that two fierce gatekeepers with long whips directly welcome the devotees to the temple. It is strongly believed to be more than 900 years old.
It was March and in the interior of India, it was too hot for the Western visitors. I remember that I couldn't go on these steps because they were so hot and I would burn my bare feet. Here and in the Workshop, you can see the goddess Durga.
She is Mother Goddess; Goddess of Preservation, Power, Energy, Strength and Protection. Usually, she is riding a tiger or lion. She has eight hands and she has in them weapons: hakra (discus), Shankha (conch shell), Trishula (Trident), Gada (mace), Bow and Arrow, Khanda (sword) and Shield, Ghanta (bell). Another view of this small rock temple in Workshop 2.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13124 W: 141 N: 33979] (154584)
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