Doors of Silver

Doors made of silver! Doors for the Lord Himself!

I took these shots at Bhagamandala Temple in Coorg around 220 km from Bangalore. This huge temple complex has shrines dedicated to various Gods. The idols are housed inside these small shrines and each of these shrines has doors made of silver or are silver plated.

Luckily we were on time that day, the Puja hadn’t started and the doors were shut. Till the auspicious moment the doors of the shrines are kept shut. There was stillness all around and as the auspicious moment drew closer, the priests started ringing the bells. I took a few shots knowing fully well once the doors are flung open I will be pushed around in the crowd. The crowd around the door had slowly begun to swell.

And precisely at that most auspicious moment, the decibel level was at the peak. The doors flung open, the Pujaris(priests) were chanting mantras, and doing the aarati. People kept craning their necks to get that auspicious first glimpse of the Lord. I knew it was futile to focus my lens then. I too folded my hands, bent my head to seek His blessings!

Inspired by The Doors Archive by David McMahon.

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35 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    What a lovely, inspiring post, Indrani! And your photos are breathtaking as always! Thank you for sharing the beauty!

  2. May God’s blessings be upon you!.
    I visit the temple too on special occasions eg.ponggal,anniversaries.

  3. alicesg says:

    That’s a lovely door. Interesting to know your culture. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.

  4. Dora says:

    Interesting info. 🙂

  5. J says:

    Is the Lord Vishnu? I don’t know very much about Hinduism at all, thanks for teaching me a little bit more. I really like the second photo, captures the atmosphere well.
    (Ha, this is probably where you’ll tell me it’s another religion altogether. oops.)

  6. M.Kate says:

    Amazing door and tks for sharing…hope you are having a blessed week ahead 😛

  7. Inspirational post, Indrani.

  8. sujata says:

    great pictures..loved the second shot the keenness of the devotees for the first glance has been captured so well. As always amazing!!

  9. magiceye says:

    lovely post as usual!

  10. Kamini says:

    Wow, those doors are lovely! You have captured so beautifully the sounds, sights and spirit of the moment.

  11. I really enjoyed this, and learned something. I hadn’t known what aarati meant – thanks for the beautiful photos and the education!

  12. LadyFi says:

    How gorgeous those doors are! And they look golden in the sunlight.

  13. God Bless You Indrani.Your skill of taking photographs from different angles is beyond imegination.

  14. God Bless you.The photograps are beyond imgination.

  15. Oh the texture on that door is so amazing Indrani!

  16. you are so well traveled…thats amazing…i’ve hardly traveled in India 🙁

  17. nice info 🙂 i didnt’ know till now they close the door once the ceremony begin.. keep it up 😉

  18. Doors of silver! Imagine that. I have never seen such a sight!

  19. you have so beautifuuly captured the beauty of the doors, which are usually out-of-sight when the temple is open.

    the palace pictures of the previous post were wonderful, too.

    the ancient Indian artisans sure knew the craft of intricate carving.

  20. Are the silver doors heavy? They look magnificent. I’m curious about the event.

  21. AJEYA RAO says:

    A couple of years before, i went there and the temple was under renovation…Looks great

  22. George says:

    I’m glad you were able to both get a picture of those beautiful doors and to be there at the auspicious moment. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  23. Hazel says:

    Doors made of silver – wow I always learn something each time I visit. Thanks, Indrani. Have a great week.

  24. Anya says:

    I like the SUN in the door 🙂
    Its nice to see a silver door !!
    Did you knock knock on the door that he was suddenly open LOL
    Now seriously,
    it’s a beautiful door 😉

  25. bindu says:

    Temple doors in India are so exquisite! This one is stunning.

  26. Jeany says:

    Beautifull!!!!! I don’t have to say anymore, the other ones said it all. Just beautifull. Have a nice weekend, greetings from jeany

  27. Bengbeng says:

    an awesome door. yr writing made yr process of taking the best shot of door so real to me…the right moment..the planning… beautiful door

  28. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful door. Looks like a nice place to visit. Do you have any snaps of the temple.

  29. Jedediah says:

    The last photo capture the excitement of the moment really well.

  30. another informative stuff from you…thanks

  31. Pietro says:

    Interesting post, Indrani.
    The door is splendid.
    I like both photographs.

  32. What a wonderful moment…reading it was getting me excited as well…You captured the moment very well in your inspired words.

    Love the pictures.

  33. What lovely treasures!

    and Indrani do you know that in our Church service we have something similar in between (instead of the door, there is the curtain)

    I have always believed that this particular ritual was kept as it is… since the moment is special.. [one can call it a clever move too :)]

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