On Sivarathri evening, I photographed this serpentine queue waiting to get darshan at the Shiva temple facing Madivala Lake:
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Its seems one has to wait even to see God, if it is a special day!
I do tend to avoid auspicious days and festtivals at temples and churches, because of the crowds… Right next door was an Ayyappa temple, rather deserted. Why could not one go there and meditate upon Shiva? Because one needs, sometimes, an image to focus on, I suppose.