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Old 11-13-05, 07:14 AM
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Where I was for the past 2 weeks. Photos

I was at the opening ceremony of the Dehli Akshardham Complex. Unfortunately no photography allowed inside so you won't see personal pics.

It was awesome. The pictures don't do justice to the monument.




7000 craftsment carved this monument in around 5 years. The hard part of the whole thing was getting the land, that required 32 years of efforts.
check out the site for more pictures.
akshardham.com
Old 11-13-05, 08:00 AM
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You were gone?


Just kidding. Those are some amazing photos. Thanks for sharing them.
Old 11-13-05, 08:57 AM
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Nice pictures, so where is this at? New Jersey?

It does look impressive.
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Originally Posted by Lateralus
Nice pictures, so where is this at? New Jersey?
Yup, you can see it from the Turnpike.

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It does look impressive.
Well sure, it is right next to Newark.


Anyway... cool pics.
I think I know that guy in the yellow shirt.
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I've been waiting for you to post pics from one of your trips "home".
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That would make a cool AMC 40
Old 11-13-05, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by TomOpus
That would make a cool AMC 40
Or the next Fry's Electronics store...
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Awesome pics. I'm glad you didn't venture to the Kashmir.
Old 11-14-05, 09:27 AM
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It's in New Delhi, India. Noida section.

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The inside is marble. The depth of the carving is up to 5 feet in some places.
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Wow, that is something else. Glad to see things like this are still being made in modern times.
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Very cool pics.
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those "closeup" pics are amazing.
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It is made according to instructions/specifications described ancient Hindu Scriptures dealing with temple construction and is made without the use of any metal. That makes it possible for the structure itself to last around 1000 years.
There are 20,000 carved figures (idols or murtis) inside.



The people in the yellow shirts are volunteer spot-guides(explaining one particular area).
Old 11-14-05, 11:25 AM
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That is a thing of beauty. You never see anything like that over here.
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What bhk neglected to tell you was that it was all carved out of one giant block of marble.
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For what bizarre reason would photography be banned inside? Religous?
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For what bizarre reason would photography be banned inside? Religous?
Not really, there are no electronic devices allowed inside including cameras and cell phones. The sister complex in Gujarat was attacked by terrorists a couple of years ago and this policy has gone into effect since then.

You never see anything like that over here.
This is our Chicago Temple

Also, the joking about New Jersey above is actually not fiction, there is going to be another one like this built in NJ(though, I suspect smaller.)
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That's spectacular! Thanks for sharing those pics.
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Those picture looks great.

I understand how protective some establishment are. And I guess it's best to follow that rule if you don't want to be in any kind of trouble. But anyway, what kind of camera do you use? Some employee would tolerate small camera, but most certainly will be freaked with SLRs or other professional looking camera.
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But anyway, what kind of camera do you use? Some employee would tolerate small camera, but most certainly will be freaked with SLRs or other professional looking camera.
I actually have 3: EOS Rebel SLR(non-digital), a Sony-100 5 megapixel, and an infinity stylus(15 years old).
There are no "employees" as such, only volunteers. Generally, it just seems right to me to follow the rules esp. in a house of worship.
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That is amazing and incredibly beautiful. If the pictures don't do it justice it must have been stunning to see it in person.

Thanks for sharing it.
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That is amazing and incredibly beautiful. If the pictures don't do it justice it must have been stunning to see it in person.

Thanks for sharing it.
You're welcome, the pics don't do the actual monument justice to the tenth power. It is that amazing.
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WOW ! Great Pictures ! thanks for sharing
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Originally Posted by bhk
This is our Chicago Temple
Well, I'll be damned!

Is it open to the public? Because I'd actually visit it the next time I head north.
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Holy cow! That's spectacular!

I think it's way cool that we can use modern technology to create beautiful structures as well as disposable steel-and-glass cubes.

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