DAILY PHOTO: Shiva at Nrityagram

Taken on August 8, 2015 at Nrityagram.

Taken on August 8, 2015 at Nrityagram

I’m a neophyte with respect to Hindu iconography–plus I read no Indian languages, so I may be wrong about this being a Shiva. Shiva is usually depicted clean-shaven, but I’ve seen bearded images. I mostly based my conclusion on the tiger skin (or stylized representation thereof) that he’s sitting on, which is often associated with Shiva.

Shiva is part of the Hindu trinity, which also includes Brahma (the creator) and Vishnu (the sustainer.)  This leaves Shiva, the destroyer.

If you’re someone who actually knows about such things, and know I’m wrong, please drop me a comment to let me know.

 

DAILY PHOTO: Lion with Soldiers

Taken in Vác in December of 2014

Taken in Vác in December of 2014

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Vác was getting ready to install or remove a few statues and had them all grouped together in the town square. The juxtaposition of a lion with a WWI monument made for a couple interesting images.  

DAILY PHOTO: Buddhas in Saffron

Taken in August of 2014 in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Taken in August of 2014 in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

These Buddhas line the perimeter of an important structure at the Wat Yai Chai Mongkol in Ayutthaya.