barefoot at Birla

The Indian cultures and rituals are unlike anything I’ve ever heard of or seen. There’s so many that I can’t quite remember all that I’ve learned. It just meshes all together. However, there’s one thing I will never forget. That’s walking through the Birla Mandir Temple barefoot. Here in India it’s very normal to see individuals without shoes. Almost everywhere I look I see men, women, and children walking barefoot. For me, the first time I took mine off was at the temple. At every temple you take off your shoes because it’s a Hindu tradition. The only temples we really got to experience was the Birla one in Jaipur and New Delhi. They were both a great a experience for C & I!

Let me tell you a little more about the Birla Temples. All together there are eighteen Birla Mandirs across India. We visited the one in Jaipur, built in 1988 and the one in Delhi, but in 1939. These temples are constructed by the Birla family. They all tend to be located in a a good area so they can accommodate a large number of people, tourists, and visitors. Inside the temple photography isn’t allowed but outside everyone was taking pictures, including us. I mean, for real though, it’s too beautiful not to photograph. The marble, detailed carvings, and architecture are absolutely stunning. It makes it hard to believe that someone could even create something that beautiful.

My maxi is from Altar’d State! I’m link some of other ones that I love below!

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