mustachioed stone tiger guarding hindu temple (india)

Mustachioed stone tiger guarding the Lingaraja Temple in Bhubaneswar (India)

The Tiger is wearing a tilaka (Hindu mark on forehead) associated with Shaivism.­

Lingaraja is a very Holy temple visited by thousands of Hindu pilgrims every day.­ Unfortunately, non-Hindu people are not allowed in the temple.­ The temple is more than 1100 year old and dedicated to Harihara, a form of Shiva.­

For more info about the Lingaraja Temple, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Lingaraja_­Temple.

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Lingaraj Temple Road, Gouri Nagar, Old Town, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha 751002, India

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­