Cool Places

Kapaleeswarar Temple – Chennai, India

Dedicated to Lord Shiva.  Kapaleeshwarar temple was built in 7th century CE by the Pallavas. The original Kapaleeshwarar. The original temple was demolished by the Portuguese and the present temple was built in the 16th century by the Vijayanagar King.  The place was very crowded but the people were lining up to enter the temple, which was really refreshing to experience.


Bangla Sahib Gurudwara – Delhi, India

The grounds include the Gurudwara, a kitchen, a large (holy) pond, a school and an art gallery. As with all Sikh Gurdwaras, the concept of langar is practiced, and all people, regardless of race or religion may eat in the Gurdwara kitchen (langar hall). The Langar (food) is prepared by gursikhs who work there and also by volunteers who like to help out. At the Gurdwara, visitors are requested to cover their hair and not to wear shoes. Assistance to foreigners and visitors with Guides, head scarves, and shoe-minding service can be found inside the compound and are available free of charge. Anyone can volunteer to help keep the shoes in the shoe-minding room, and cleaning the precincts of the Gurudwara.

Worshippers come in huge numbers daily to offer prayers and the organization and cleanliness is impeccable.  When you are lucky enough to visit while there is Kirtan (prayers accompanied by music) going on, you will see just how peaceful and tranquil it will make you feel.  Definitely worth a visit when in Delhi.