Day 356 : Time Carries On

The world didn’t end. Is it bad that I felt a tinge of disappointment because a part of me wished it did? I’ve lived my life such that my soul is ready for release any time. The less pain the better; the swifter it comes, the more preferred.

Pictured here is the Hindu goddess, Kali. I think. The dark mother of Hinduism is typically portrayed with her tongue sticking out, with a necklace of human skulls, and with one foot stepping on Krishna. This fearsome statue I saw at the Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple lacks the hallmarks of Kali but I don’t know any other goddess as frightening as this. Then again, there are thousands of gods and goddesses in the Indian faith.

In Hindu mythology, Kali is a ferocious destroyer and her pressence is an allegory for time as time is a indiscriminate destroyer of all things. She is constantly mistaken for being evil by appearance but Hindus revered her as the destroyer of ignorance. Time can nurture wisdom while it erodes memories.

Our time is not up yet so Kali still has more time to make curry of the world!

Day 351 : Living Rituals

I’ve always found Hindu temples to be somewhat overpowering. If not because of the cacophony of figures on the gopura, then it’s the half-naked temple sages who serve the gods. The temples echanted, but at the same time, intimidated me to go no further than the door.

One of my biggest worries of stepping into a Hindu temple or mosque is that I may upset some rituals or sacred rules. I’m not sure if photography is considered disrepectful except during Thaipusam and if it’s okay to be wandering around the temple halls like a lost soul.

Photographed here is the side wing of Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple along Serangoon Road. As a boy, the giant statue of Hanuman (the monkey god) was the object of my profuse fascination. To this day, whenever I pass by it, the huge green figure continues to be the only thing I see of the temple.

I’ve never once been inside the temple even though I’d pass it by so many times. I hope me and my camera will be welcomed.

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