A 10th Century Splendor

From Ambarnath, India

Ballpoint pen on paper, 14 x 16


One lazy afternoon 30 years ago, I stood by this ancient temple – an 10th Century stone jewel incredibly tucked away in the clangor of a bustling Mumbai suburb.


A couple of men were getting ready for their afternoon siesta even as a goat foraged the stubbly grounds in search of a green morsel.

More than a thousand years ago, upon this very spot, architects may have looked on watchfully even as skilled artisans chipped away at obdurate stone, immortalizing poetry in stone.

Braving the onslaught of persistent flies under a sweltering sun, I used my ballpoint pen on my sketchpad to capture this inspirational moment.


– Check out the link to my book Rambles into Sacred Realms: Exploring Divinity through Pen and Paint, where I invite readers to experience such adventure, humor and imagery illustrating my travels.

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