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    Temple of the Sun: Part Two, Arriving at the Temple


    Part Two. Arriving at the Temple


    Continuing on, here and there along the way there were scattered ruins of ancient temples. The only worshippers it seemed these days were the macaques and the occasional roaming cow(s) that didn't appear to belong to any one person or place.

    Nearing the top of the mountain I came upon a small settlement. As I approached the weathered group of building I heard chanting coming from inside one of the structures.

    Peering through an open doorway from where the noise was emanating I saw a group of pilgrims(?) in white robes sitting cross legged on the floor in a circle. With them in the large and otherwise barren and shabby room were several rather off key instrumentalists. They all seemed oblivious to my presence as they continued chanting loudly.

    Now well into the trek the temple was visible up ahead. From that vantage point there were also great views of the city of Jaipur below which, during my brief visit, seemed perpetually shrouded in a light blanket of grey smog.

    Finally reaching my destination I had to be satisfied with taking numerous photos of the outside of the temple, the grounds and the surrounding countryside as photos inside the sanctuary were forbidden.

    At that point I recalled the old saying, “It’s not the destination that matters, it’s the journey.”

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