On our way to Bangalore (Madras) we visited the Bellur temple in Karnataka. This Hindu temple is covered with intricate carvings depicting everyday life and the legends of Hindu gods. I found this one particularly clever:
When Hiranyakashipu (a demon god that Brahma is pleased with) asks for immortality, Brahma (a Hindu god) refuses. Hiranyakashipu then makes the following request:
Grant me that I not die within any residence or outside any residence, during the daytime or at night, nor on the ground or in the sky. Grant me that my death not be brought by any being other than those created by you, nor by any weapon, nor by any human being or animal.......His wish is granted.
You would think this would guarantee his immortality--but NO! Vishnu (another Hindu god-there are tons of them) comes upon Hiranyakashipu at twilight (when it is neither day nor night) on the threshold of a courtyard (neither indoors nor out), and puts the demon on his thighs (neither earth nor space). Using his nails (neither animate nor inanimate) as weapons, he disembowels and kills the demon. OK--creepy--but clever right?.....and an excellent lesson on "be careful what you wish for".
On a lighter note (but still brilliantly clever) we spent our evening at the local theatre in Bangalore watching a Kollywood movie. Gethu was entirely in Tamil, but the action and dancing sequences did not disappoint. We caught most of it except the subtler joke. For those we just laughed when the rest of the audience did. Laughter is contagious. Of course, we wrapped up the evening with dosa in the food court.
Our adventure is different yet amazing every day. You are Always in My Prayers. Love Mom.