30 December 2014

A Day trip to BAPS, Atlanta

I Visited BAPS Atlanta over the weekend. The temple is known to be the largest hindu temple outside of india. I was taken aback by the sheer scale of it, and the beautiful work of creating, and then maintaining this place.

A shot of the temple, from some distance. 

Visting BAPS:
  1. What we found out, that the temple is open from 10 am to 6 pm everyday. What this means is, that the main entrance which is controlled, starts taking visitors from the given timings. pretty much what you see in the view above can be accessed as you enter.
  2. The inside shrines can not be viewed through the day however. those are controlled and open only during given hours. I would recommend checking BAPS website before visiting, but during our visit, the timings were 11:30-12:30, 1-2 pm and then 4-6 pm. we planned our visit according to these timings.
  3. There is a shayona canteen at the premisis of the temple, which serves vegetarian food, and has options of a small buffet, and then multiple options, including south indian, north indian food. I for one, didn't like the food. For me this was an exception since i am not very choosy. i felt the quality wasn't unto the mark.
  4. Parking at the temple is ample, and is free of cost.
  5.   There is restriction on photography inside the temple, as like most of the hindu temples i have visited. 
  6. A short video which i made via my instagram app. I need to do a better job with videos for public sharing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FxDWxED1Z4
All in all, it was a great trip. We spent close to 2 hours at the temple, enjoying views from outside and the intricate works which have been done inside the temple.
In my humble opinion, and the temples i have visited before, i felt that the inside works on the roof and other panels is almost a close replica from belur, halebedu temples. The idols are of a much different type, and the ones you would normally see in the north of india. So, its a beautiful combination of various architecture styles, and generations.

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