Roadside Shrine | Paharganj, Delhi, India
This roadside shrine remained locked up during the day with nothing to hint at its identity or purpose. That changed in the evenings when someone—a holy man or maybe just a caretaker—unlocked the doors, sat down in a corner and silently accepted donations.
The Hindu god Shiva is depicted on the left door; the Hindu monkey god Hanuman is pictured on the right door. Note the swastika prominently displayed on the back wall. Though appropriated by and associated with Hitler and the Nazis, it is actually an ancient symbol of prosperity and good luck that dates back thousands of years in India and other parts of Asia. It is commonly seen in Hindu temples and at Hindu wedding ceremonies but can be found just about everywhere from t-shirts to shop windows.
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