DAILY PHOTO: Common Indian Monitor & Amber Waves

Taken in June of 2015 near Manali

DAILY PHOTO: Hidimba Devi Temple

Taken in June of 2015 at the Hidimba Devi Temple in Manali

Taken in June of 2015 at the Hidimba Devi Temple in Manali

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The temple at this location dates to 1553, and is built over a cave that is said to be where Hadimbi Devi–sister of Hadimba–meditated. It sits amid a forest of deodars, which is a Himalayan species of cedar tree.

DAILY PHOTO: Prayer Flags, With Fun Facts

Taken on June 16, 2015 in Manali

Taken on June 16, 2015 in Manali at Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa

 

Now heavily associated with Tibetan Buddhism, colorful prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bon–an indigenous religion of Tibet that predated Buddhism’s arrival.

Traditionally, the color progression from left to right is blue, white, red, green, and yellow (i.e. as seen in the top row), but variations can be seen.

Besides monasteries and temples, one will often see strings of flags out in natural settings on mountains.

The day and time of placement of the flags is considered carefully because it’s believed that if they are hung at inauspicious times they may bring bad fortune instead of the desired compassion and peace.

DAILY PHOTO: Sikh Knife Sharpener in Manali

Take on June 17, 2015 on the Mall in Manali

Take on June 17, 2015 on the Mall in Manali

This man had a PTO (Power Take-Off) on his bicycle to convert pedal power to a grindstone. He sold and sharpened knives, scissors, and assorted cutting instruments.