I encountered this impromptu temple while wandering along the waterfront in Pondicherry when I was there a few months ago. Too bad that they used paint instead of chalk, especially since no one seemed to make use of their ‘temple’ again. At least I never saw any other offerings during the remaining weeks I was there.

Photo: JD Viharini (Creative Commons)

Anyway, it is quite the norm in India to make little temples or shrines that are temporary or informal, though this one is unusual. Perhaps it was done by non-Indian visitors. For most Indians, everything is an expression of the divine. It’s not that they are worshipping the physical form, at least for most people. There are no doubt some who feel differently, as there is no end to the variety of belief in the world. Anyway, this is clearly meant to be an appreciation of God’s creation.

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