Sangla is a picturesque village in the Baspa Valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located 230 kms. away from Shimla. It is located in the Kinnaur district where the tribal Kinnauri people live. This valley was closed to tourists till 1989. The valley is full of apple, peach and apricot orchards. The emerald colored Baspa River runs through the valley.
The above shot is of the Bering Nag temple in Sangla. It is dedicated to the snakes that adorn the shoulders of Lord Shiva. The Hindu temple is based on the Buddhist Pagoda style of architecture because of the regions proximity to Tibet where Buddhism has a major influence. It is made of stone and wood only. The top dome is made of pure gold and the temple is also said to contain lot of gold and precious gems. Thus it has round the clock security presence.
The temple is the site of the Annual Fulaich festival.
During the festival people from each household proceed towards hilltops to collect flowers, which are offered to village deity and afterwards these flower garlands are distributed among the people. Priest makes forecasts about crops and changes in seasons etc. Priest's words are taken as the voice of God by local people. Dancing, singing and community feasts with the local brew derived from apple is also an integral part of the festival.
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serp2000 (35784) 2013-12-08 3:48
great shot! I love this composition, impressive mountain background and very nice architecture on the foreground. Perfect clarity, excellent DoF.
Greetings from Russia!
Noel_Byrne (17253) 2013-12-08 6:17
Wonderful image, the temple in the foreground alone is a fascinating subject and a beautiful design, but to have that backdrop of the jagged peaks of the mountains is just superb! The clouds are playing beautifully in the background too, making the higher ground look like a very mystical place.
Really nicely done, thanks for sharing.
All the best
Silvio1953 (111120) 2013-12-08 6:26
Ciao Subho, great view of fantastic architecture, beautiful composition with fascinating mountains, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
rychem (16466) 2013-12-08 8:47
Beautiful temple and fantastic majestic mountains in the BG. Excellent depth and good light management
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-08 8:49
A beautiful temple with Buddha painted on the wall.
Very good angle chosen,keeping the mountain as a background. Excellent details and colors.
Very good shot.
Pechhone aar jayga chhilona tai na!
PaulVDV (19395) 2013-12-08 9:24
A very beautiful temple built in Buddhist Pagoda style.
Nice view upwards of its wonderful roof and we can also admire a fantastic scenery of sharp mountain peaks.
Best regards, Paul
Fis2 (79806) 2013-12-08 10:41
Good POV and colrs.
dta (60229) 2013-12-08 10:51
Hello Subho ,
Agreat view of this superb wooden temple , with majestuous high peaks as a splendid backdrop . Fnatatstic sharpness and DOF .
adramad (33590) 2013-12-08 13:13
We continue to enjoy this wonderful image as highlands.
Sensational contrast and harmony of the temple and other buildings, with the fabulous background of these breathtaking mountains, is an ideal image.
A colorful perfect very natural.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Well done. I Like
Have a good start to the week.
pierrefonds (53320) 2013-12-08 15:36
The point of view is showing the details and colors of theSanke Temple. It would have better if we could see the complete temple some parts have been cut. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
subhendu_bagchi (24405) 2013-12-09 0:02
a very good architectural shot here, dear Subho. Great clarity of the image, nice colour temperature. Superb depth and sharpness too. Enjoyed it a lot. Tfs.
Nicou (111365) 2013-12-09 1:38
quelle vue sur ce temple superbe la couleur presque dorée ces vagues de toit et en fond les belles montagnes avec la neige quel ensemble et vue sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
jhm (131862) 2013-12-09 3:22
We see wonderful the wood structure of the temple.
Also the houses in background together the mountains, care for a very attractive picture
Colours and sharpness are perfect.
Very well composition, nice captured.
Well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
Oceania (4082) 2013-12-09 6:33
This is a picturesque place. It's interesting to know the temple built with precious gems. The wood structure is beautiful, as well as the surrounding setting.
mrichat (1613) 2013-12-09 18:15
In himachal side, i found that the hindu and the buddhist religion are camouflaged some regions. i got one example in trilokinath temple. here you presented another one.
very nice architectural shot with a nice snow covered mountain at bg. good composition.
jcpix (9324) 2013-12-09 18:24
Picturesque indeed! That was the first thought that came to mind, even before reading your note. These compressed perspectives always delight me, i enjoy how it brings the main elements together into one neat composition. The design of the rooftop in the foreground combined with the jagged mountain peaks in the distance is beautiful. Very nice balance of light to showcase both aspects in fine detail and natural color. A solid presentation of this temple, well done!
fabbs99 (14463) 2013-12-09 21:13
Classic shot of the snake temple from Sangla. The snow clad mountain in the background adds magic to the frame.Very well done.TFS.
pajaran (45531) 2013-12-09 22:24
Interesantan i dobar tekst o Hramu, sa opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura.
Lepa arhitektura i priroda.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article about the temple, with a description ...
A good moment shot, perspective and contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice place and the architecture shown.
Beautiful architecture and nature.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
mcmtanyel (8235) 2013-12-10 18:10
Color and light management as well as the POV are very good. I will share an alternate cropping in the workshop.
ChrisJ (93442) 2013-12-12 9:04
The warm amber color of the wooden Buddhist temple contrasts superbly against the blue grey bg sky and jagged mountains of the Himalayas. Good sharpness and excellent tight framing. Superb fg shadow detail. Tfs!
nikkitta (11170) 2013-12-21 7:56
Good composition and informative note preceding it
The temple has lot of interesting details for instance the stick with the praying flags
The background is impresive
Truly a pictoreste place, tfs
Miguel82 (17319) 2013-12-29 19:41
Another picture enhancing the beauty of Kinnaur valley, so beautiful pagoda style buddhist temple, a religion more understood in the world than hinduism, the edifice is made of remarkable wood, nice decoration, all the best, warm regards
abmdsudi (36344) 2014-02-18 7:06
A good shot depicting the painstaking detail nicely composed of an intriguing temple backed by wonderful jagged snow peaks. The colors are superb and this makes this image standout, but the sky is slightly over exposed! Excellent shot nevertheless and a pleasure to view, Congrats.