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... we all said an Om Namashivaya and were on our way - it was 750 steps up - with many stops to admire the view (and catch our breath), and when we were near the top, we were treated to a spectacular sunrise. We made a quick stop at the Shiva temple near the top, then went to visit the Maharani’s elephant, where we had masala tea and cookies and enjoyed the lovely breeze and view. It had taken us about half an hour to get up there; going down was a lot ...
... one, according to Rana Sahib. He told us that Narlai is a spiritual place. For a small village, it has an unprecedented number of places of worship - Jain temples, Hindu temples, churches and mosques! This did surprise us as it really is a small village! When we got to the Shiva temple, Bagdaram lit a lamp and rang the temple bell. There was no priest.
Further up from the Shiva temple ...
... Fong General Hospital...). There are 1444 marble pillars each with intricate carvings and a story to tell, and all arranged so that the idol is never blocked. Apparently even the Mughal Emperor Akbar was so taken by this temple, he carved a message on one of the pillars, saying 'do not destroy.'
We all had to get audio guides as human guides were not allowed inside. I did see though a couple of men dressed like priests, but probably not priests, dispensing holy ash and ...
... the main idol.
KF had worn shorts and so had to hire a pair of trousers to use over her shorts. It had evidently been well used, so the poor girl put it on rather gingerly. And I had inadvertently committed sacrilege as I forgot I was carrying with me a leather wallet and wearing a leather belt! (Jains are strict about these things and leather of any sort is not permitted into the temple).
It was past 3 pm by the time ...
... days we have got to know each other or determinedly avoided doing so. It's not very worthy but we spend too much time on our high horses of assumed social superiority. We think of our friends back home who have made friends of their own travel group colleagues and now travel together from choice. We too may have made that connection with Rachel and Colin but if not they have helped make this part of the trip fun and memorable. As too, of course, have all the others in one way or ...