Amritsar has surprisingly many quirky and funny attractions. More pictures from Amritsar reflecting this.
You may ask what happened to the Golden Temple and why I am showing it yet again. Well, this is not the Golden Temple. This is a Hindu temple called Sri Durgiana. Like the Golden Temple it is also situated in the middle of a pool of water, also connected to the dry land by a long causeway and it also has a golden dome. It looks like they are even in the process of gold plating larger parts of the temple, perhaps in an attempt to compete with the Golden Temple. It seems like a lost cause though. In any other city this might have been a notable attraction but this temple seems doomed to stay in the shadow of it's big sister only a few kilometers away.
Here is a more original temple, well worth a visit - the Mata Temple. In fact it looks less like a temple than a theme park funland. Here Susanna is standing in an area dominated by coloured glass murals and small mirrors.
A self portrait made using the mirrors of the same area.
A walkway on the outer side of the temple with a view down to the street. You walk through the temple by a narrow walkway criss crossing through tunnels and lots of different environments on two different floors. This gives it all a very cool labyrinthine atmosphere. I love this place.
The outer walkway seen from the street.
Another area dominated by statues and idols and cool coloured ceramic tiles.
And my favourite part of the Mata Temple: A very narrow cave passage where you have to walk through ankle deep water.
A small cave altar commerating the female saint Lal Devi in whose honour the temple has been built.
Outside the temple various religious icons are on display for sale. It reminds me of a very colourful memory game such as the ones I played as a child. It is very multi-cultural as well. I can spot Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist deities. There are no Christian or Muslim ones, but I suppose these Middle Eastern monotheistic religions have less tradition for this kind of art.