Temple Day! This was one of my absolute favorite days in Delhi. This was the day we visited Chandi Chowk in Old Delhi. It means moonlit or silverlit square, and is one of the oldest and busiest markets in India, built by Mughal emperor Shan Jahan in the 17th century. It is the home of a few temples that we were fortunate enough to visit. We saw a Jain temple, Hindu temple, and a Sikh temple. My favorite part was visiting the Sikh temple where we were allowed to view the kitchen area where people volunteer to help make food for anyone in need. The picture above shows the women letting me help. I really enjoyed this experience and connecting with the people. Here everyone is equal and so generous, and people and need can seek help here.
Another page from my sketchbook showing a Chhatri (top half) and details of Halwa (bottom half). This chhatri is found on the Jain temple we visited, and it refers to the shape of the architecture which is the umbrella shape or cupola.
Halwa is a food made from ghee, milk, and wheat. It has a sweet flavor, and is served upon leaving the SIkh temple. You recieve it right hand over left, and wait to eat it until you are outside. I found that food plays an important role in religion.
*Me enjoying Halwa
Unapologetic Selfie #1: We received a blessing upon leaving the Hindu temple. I felt honored, blessed, and acceptance upon receiving this.