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Ganpati Temples: my photo collection

Ganpati festival 2015 is coming, and they’ve laready started constructing the temples here and there. I’m rather intrigued what they are going to be like this year. Small, and big, simple and sophisticated, awkward and elegant – I’ve already seen so many of them. Sometimes the construction turns out so good that I wish they didn’t dismantle it once the festival is over. Here are some of the photos of Ganpati temples I’ve taken over the years in my neighborhood. I’ve never been inside, in spite of all the invitations, so I’m not sure what the interiors are like, but it seems to me it’s the exterior that makes a temple worthy of being Ganesha’s temporary home.

So, here are the photos:

A chariot for the elephant-headed god
A chariot for the elephant-headed god
Interesting interpretation of the mouse :)
Interesting interpretation of the mouse 🙂

Beautifully lit red structure looks especially impressive in the dark:

Massive and glorious
Massive and glorious

I liked the geometric shapes of this design:

Simple but elegant
Simple but elegant

This golden one was nothing special in  the day time, but simply magical at night.

Shining gold
Shining gold

This was not a very successful attempt, to my mind – the “stone work” was not really that convincing. Still, it served the purpose 🙂

Cave-type temple
Cave-type temple
Interesting idea, but the implementation is not that great
Interesting idea, but the implementation is not that great

the intricate golden design of this Gapati temple was rather captivating.

Golden, but not gaudy
Golden, but not gaudy

These two are rather simple.

Ganpati temple Ganpati templeOh, and this is one of the worst architectural creations I’ve ever seen – what is that pink nonsense on the top for? 🙂

This one is in the bottom of my list
This one is in the bottom of my list

This statue was installed near one of the temples.Ganpati Ganpati Ganpati

 

And this is one of my favorite Ganpati temples – there are lots of details to catch one’s attention.

My favorite temple
My favorite temple
Another angle
Another angle
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And this is how it looks at night:

Night view
Night view
Night view
Night view

 

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Hope you’ve enjoyed the collection  and I promise to keep adding to it. Let’s see whether Ganpati temples 2015 are going to be worthy enough 🙂

 

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