A young barber shaving off beard of a man who is offering it at Ghats of Ganges, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

A young barber removing beard of a man who is offering it at Ghats of Ganges, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh,  India
A young barber shaving off beard of a man who is offering it at Ghats of Ganges, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Sculpture of Shiva as Gajasurasamhara (“The Slayer of the elephant demon”) depicted in one of the pillar of the Puthu Mandapam at Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Sculpture of Shiva as Gajasurasamhara ("The Slayer of the elephant demon") depicted in one of the pillar of the Puthu Mandapam at Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
This sculpture was hidden among the encroachments but revealed once they’re cleared recently. It’s a rare sculpture depicting the mythical story where Lord Shiva slayed a demon that came in the form of elephant. This Puthu Mandapam was built during the early 1620 CE Nayak rule.

Sculpture of Shiva as Gajasurasamhara (“The Slayer of the elephant demon”) depicted in one of the pillar of the Puthu Mandapam at Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Nandhi (Bull) statue facing the temple inside the Thanjavur Royal Palace, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India

Nandhi (Bull) statue facing the temple inside the Thanjavur Royal Palace, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Nandhi is always positioned facing God Shiva traditionally. This statue was facing Darbhar (Royal court) inside the palace complex which housed temples as well.

Nandhi (Bull) statue facing the temple inside the Thanjavur Royal Palace, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India

Front view of a monastery at Qüxü County, Lhasa, Tibet

Front view of a monastery at Qüxü County, Lhasa, Tibet
One of many small monasteries by the road side. Tibetan colors with detailed craft works at the doors and windows. Unique architecture style.

Front view of a monastery at Qüxü County, Lhasa, Tibet

Front view of the Buddhist temple, Jokhang Temple at Barkhor Square, Lhasa, Tibet

Front view of the Buddhist temple, Jokhang Temple at Barkhor Square, Lhasa, Tibet
One of the sacred Buddhist temple that has distinctly Tibetan colors and housed a few thousands of images of Buddha (various kinds). Apparently built as a small temple around 600 CE.

Front view of the Buddhist temple, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Square, Lhasa, Tibet

Jain Sculptures at Kalugumalai (Vulture Hill), one of a Jaina Abode from 8th Century AD, Tamil Nadu, India

Jain Sculptures at Kalugumalai (Vulture Hill), one of a Jaina Abode from 8th Century AD, Tamil Nadu, India
These sculptures were made around 8th Century. Labels in Vatteluttu script apparently indicates some of these images were made in memory of departed souls. Many Jain Ascetics lived in these hills back in those years.

Jain Sculptures at Kalugumalai (Vulture Hill), one of a Jaina Abode from 8th Century AD, Tamil Nadu, India

View from top of the Yanamalai mountain, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

View from top of  the Yanamalai mountain, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
These boulders would have been watching all the changes happening at the ground from the top, it seemed.

View from top of the Yanamalai mountain, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Sun was setting behind the Laccadive Sea, Indian Ocean in a colorful display at Dhanushkodi Beach, Tamil Nadu, India

Sun was setting behind the Laccadive Sea, Indian Ocean in a colorful display at Dhanushkodi Beach, Tamil Nadu, India
One of a breathtaking display of golden color that I had seen in an unmanned beach. So divine.

Sun was setting behind the Laccadive Sea, Indian Ocean in a colorful display at Dhanushkodi Beach, Tamil Nadu, India

The Old Hill Street Police Station glowing at night, Hill Street, Singapore

The Old Hill Street Police Station glowing at night, Hill Street, Singapore
Historical building from the colonial era, creatively colored and lit up. It has apparently 927 windows. No air-conditioning those days.

The Old Hill Street Police Station glowing at night, Hill Street, Singapore

A lotus pond at the base of the Yanamalai mountain and temples, Yanamalai, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

A lotus pond at the base of the Yanamalai mountain and temples, Yanamalai, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
A lotus pond at the base of the Yanamalai mountain and temples, Yanamalai, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

A group of pilgrims walking past a smaller old palace building, Tirumalai Nayak’s Palace, at Srivilliputhur, Tamil Nadu, India

A group of pilgrims walking past a smaller old palace building, Tirumalai Nayak's Palace, at Srivilliputhur, Tamil Nadu, India
A group of pilgrims walking past a smaller old palace building, Tirumalai Nayak’s Palace, at Srivilliputhur, Tamil Nadu, India