04 March 2013

I have to admit: I am firmly situated in the school of thought that, in religious architecture, more decoration is better.  Not so much for the contemplation of divinity or the exaltation of spirit, but because it's so incredibly beautiful.  I recently had the great pleasure of visiting the Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple, an active (active) Hindu temple in Chicago's West Suburbs.  Photography on the interior was prohibited, but here is a glimpse of the richness of both the space and the faith.  The only thing better would have been if I'd been able to capture some of the constant stream of devotees entering and exiting; the traditional dress of nearly every worshipper easily put the building in their shadows.

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