Photographer's Note

The title of this photo is of course just an attempt to make you curious, but it reflects my physical experiences of my visit.

This is the famous 11th century Brihadeshwara Temple in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu state, southern India. I showed it already in my last upload.

During my visit to Thanjavur in October 1988 the heat was rather oppressive. Visiting the temple I had to go barefoot, and the temple grounds covered a large area with a lot of very hot stones...

I quote my diary:

"I had to take aim at the nearest shady area and resolutely walk as fast as possible across the burning hot paving stones, covering the entire courtyard in several small sections. But towards the end of every short lap my soles were burning so terribly that I had to bite my lip and keep my breath to stop myself from screaming of pain. The tough-skinned Indians were strolling around totally unperturbed."

This photo shows the main building seen through the arch of another building. Sorry, after 33 years I don't remember the layout of the temple complex. But I remember that I was anxious to include some of the ancient inscriptions on the wall to the right.

I considered cropping the bottom part but decided to keep it to make the note more understandable.

Two more photos from this temple can be seen in the WS. They were all scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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