hi! i’m making a 2nd part to my ff bc tumblr is trash and i couldn’t add everyone i wanted to in my first post! i’d like to thank more blogs that make my dash so wonderful (& the people i admire from afar)! also, sorry if i tagged you in both ff’s.
Kalika Mata Temple, Pavagadh
India 40’s Print (via ebay: allegory003)
Kālikā Mata Temple is a Hindu goddess temple complex and pilgrim centre at the summit of Pavagadh Hill in Panchmahal district, India, within the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park.
It dates from the 10th or 11th centuries. The temple has three images of goddesses: the central image is of Kalika Mata, flanked by Kali on the right and Bahucharamata on the left. On Chitra sud 8, a fair is held at the temple which is attended by thousands of devotees.
The temple is the site of one of the Great holy Shakti Peethas. wiki
The year is 1863. Champaner. A small village in the heart of India. The people of Champaner depended on agriculture like those in thousands of villages. A British cantonment bordered the village. Two miles south, beyond the cantonment, was the fort of the Rajah of this province. The British protected the Rajah’s domain from neighbouring attacks. They also promised the other Rajahs protection from this Rajah. Thanks to this double-dealing, the British collected a tax from the Rajahs paid by every farmer in the country. Lagaan. The submission of a portion of the farmer’s harvest to the Rajah as tax. Every Rajah collected lagaan from villages under his rule. The Rajah would keep one share and give the rest to the British. In this way, the British fist grew iron strong. Like thousands of villages across the country the farmers of Champaner toiled on empty bellies and paid taxes to the Rajah every year. Last year it rained, but very little.And this year, there has been no rain so far.