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Oct 30, 2013 - head and heart

When we visited the Brihadisvara Temple, this gave Charles the opportunity to explain the basic concepts of Hinduism to us. I listened hard, but it all left me feeling like I should have bought a “Hindu for Dummies” book. Any religion that has thirty million gods is not easily mastered. It’s all so metaphorical, fanciful, and symbolic. But I did learn that when I see a human figure with four arms or three heads, it is a god not a person. The extra appendages account for the extra powers that gods have. As we entered the temple complex the...

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Oct 29, 2013 - drive to Tanjore

The published itinerary left us with the impression that today was a mostly driving day. We did do a lot of driving, but every so often Charles gave the secret signal to the driver and we pulled off the road for an adventure. Our first stop was in a village totally off the tourist trail. Charles had brought some tourist groups here before so they were not totally astonished to see our white faces, but we still had enough celebrity to bring people out of their houses to gawk at us as we gawked at them. People are just so darn friendly here....

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Dec 28, 2011 - Pondicherry to Chidambaram to Tanjore- joyeuse anniversaire d’amour

Une journee fort interessant! On est partie tot pour la ville de Chidambaram- peite ville dominee en son centre par un grand temple dedie a Shiva Nataraja (Shiva Dansant) On a eu une guide locale tres sympa- c’etait une structure immense et tres vivant! Apres on a visite la ville de Gangaikondacholapuram, whewww, ou on a visite le Sri Pragadheswarar Temple- une vraie surprise! Un autre temple dedie a Shiva et classe par Unesco sur la liste du Patrimoine mondial- quasiment pas de touriste et une endroit parfaitement entretenu- avec une...

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Dec 4, 2011 - Thanjavur

Again an Agent meets us with a driver and due to the lost time we meet with our guide and go straight to the 'Big Temple' Brihadeshwara. Since Agra we have seen a succession of impressive beautiful temples, at almost all we have been told, wait till you get to Thanjavur. Considered by some to be one of the most impressive, built by Rajaraja, king of kings, in 1011. Rajaraja was a mighty king ruling large chunks of South East Asia as well as South India. The huge temple is build on alluvial soil close to the river, not the best foundation...

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India 2011

May 31, 2010 - Tanjore - Tiruchirapalli

Started the day with a free yoga class which was nice, so good to stretch out after so much time travelling. We had a long day on the bus today, scary driving but we made it here. Pondicherry is ok, it is all so dirty and it is weird because it is supposed to be copied off Nice in France, personally I think they missed the mark just a little! We stopped to look at the salt being harvested, such hard labour in the heat! It was pretty cool and the field hands showed us how they get the huge piles of salt. We saw another temple and I was...

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Bec's Adventure 2010

Jan 11, 2010 - Tanjore

It was a nice hotel! whe-hey! But we didn't stay long - just one night. As soon as we arrived we headed straight back out to see a huge temple complex that we don't know the name of. Then walked through a village to see bronze making. We were also eaten alive by mozzies here. Our bug sprays just don't seem to be enough. Mozzies treat bug spray like salad dressing.

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Incredible India

Aug 6, 2008 - Tanjore - Briefly

After an unbelievably trying 36 hours in Chennai, we board the night train at 10:30 pm and settled in for the long journey in sleeper class. As soon as we locked up the bags underneath the seat, settled, and made ourselves comfortable, we were promptly kicked out of our seat and moved to another compartment. This is characteristic of Indian trains. The trains book up months in advance with what I call ticket speculators. These are people who have not planned a trip, but believe a trip may be possible and book tickets to these various...

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Feb 1, 2007 - Hello Thanjavur (Tanjore)

The people of Tamil Nadu are quite conservative in their dress and lifestyle. You are hard-pressed to see anyone wearing blue jeans here! Many men still wear the traditional lungi (mundu), two meters of cloth wrapped around the waist. In the cooler morning hours, the lungi is long to the ankles, but as the temperature warms up or the men need to be more active, they fold the bottom half up to the waist and tuck it in with a fold. If the men do chose to wear western style trousers, the shirt is usually not tucked in at the waist. The women...

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Nov 30, 2006 - Tanjore (Thanjavur)

On our way to Tanjore we stopped in the midst of a small cluster of huts to visit another Hindu temple. As it turned out the temple was closed, yet a mute man on a bicycle communicated to our driver, Roj, that there was another temple nearby which was open. The mute man led us on to a small gate at the edge of a forest. We got out of the car and followed the man into the forest along a sandy path. Lining both sides of the path were hundreds of half-sized ceramic horses. We followed the man along the path to a statue of a giant, black...

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May 23, 2005 - The most annoying sound in the world

Saying that the bus took two and a half hours to get to Chidambaram rather understates the trip, but I didn't want to make the last entry too long. The bus conductor showed me to the front of the bus so I could rest my bag on the gearbox and sit next to it, right behind the driver. I hadn't yet read that LP recommends earplugs on bus journeys because of the obnoxiously loud Hindi music that they often play, and my bus was one of those. The poor sound system had been turned up to 12 it's entire life and the music coming through the speakers...

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