Author: Ambujam Anantharaman
Publisher: Westland Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789380032139
The Temple of the saint poet Meera at Chittorgarh in Rajasthan is deserted. A lone devotee sings in a corner while the grandeusr all around waits in silence for a chance visitor.
All the devotees are where Meera s heart was: At the famous Krishna temples of Nathdwara I Rajasthan, Dakor, Mul Dwaraka, Dwaraka and Bet Dwaraka in Gujarat. In the towering tower of the famed Dwaraka temple lies symbolized the spirit spirit of all the unique temples of Western India.
History, legend, architecture, spirituality all merge there. There is a shrine of a different kind of Mahatma Gandhi s birthplace in the quaint town of Porbandar. The visitors to India from abroad stare in wonder at the Amber fort in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan.
That wondrous is naturally where people rush to drink of India s culture. Can there be a jewel like the jagat Mata temple near Udaipur or the thousand pillared jain shrine at Ranakpur. In Western India each state is different. In Mahrashtra, most of the temples are small, but devotees throng them to worship the indulgent Ganesha.
Gujarat perhaps represents the balance between bhakti and artistic excellence. And then there is Goa.. This is a very tourist-friendly handbook, packed with information on famous and not so well known temples of Western India, perhaps the first of it s kind.