India – Day 1, evening

We ended day one with visits to the Kamakshi temple (seen below) and the huge Kapileshwara (Shiva) temple. In both cases we were able to go right in and it was fantastic to see the evening aarti with all the big camphor lamps being waved in front of Kamakshi Devi.  Afterwards we sat outside and watched a rain shower which was quite peaceful.  I was thinking that the scene would have been pretty much the same 500 or more years ago.

Then it was off to the Kapileshwara Shiva temple.  When we arrived the evening pujas were just ending and the deity was being carried thorugh the temple.  We walked through the rest of it remembering how full it was during Shivaratri and how empty it was today.