Ausmita Kaviraj has written stories of different genres for this blog before. Her heart though is lost to travel and travel stories. She travels, writes travel stories and blogs about them here. It is on her insistence and enthusiasm that we are once again re-energizing the #TravelFriday section of this blog. In today’s photo blog she explores and present temples from different parts of South Asia.

In every culture, temples are not just the cornerstone of their religious belief but also a living testament of the art and sculpture of the region and age.

Some stand on the shores of enormous blue oceans.

Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram, India

Others harbor still green tanks inside them.

Sun Temple, M0dhera, India

Some are housed under surreal limestone formations.

Batu Caves in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

Yet others hang from the edge of surf kissed cliffs

Uluwatu Temple in Bali, Indonesia

Some have spires that pierce the sky.

Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, Thailand

And gates that kiss the heaven.

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Yet others are only but a modest reminder of the omni-present being

A temple in a small village near Kolkata, India

Some remain forever decked up in festive cheer.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Singapore

Others staid, but grand nevertheless

Achyutaraya Temple in Hampi, India

Some are a symbol of peace.

Matri Mandir, Pondicherry, India

Some were for beseeching existential needs.

Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

Yet others house mortal remains of the immortal being.

Temple Of Tooth Relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Written By and pictures by : Ausmita Kaviraj