|Durban Hindu Temple built in 1901, primarily for Hindu Laborers|
A local Hindi visitor to the shrine explained that each of the 'icons' or murtis (images) represented one of the mother - protectors of the people. You could identify with one of them, seek prayer with one of them, or visit all of them. People leave offerings of fruit, money, incense and flowers on the altars although signs warn that you must not touch the murthis or use camphor.
|Parvati / Durga: The Divine Mother.|
She rides a tiger to show her unlimited power.
|The boys look at an icon of Durga.|
|Lord Krishna playing his flute.|
He is often portrayed with distinctive blue skin because the sanskrit word
Krsna means "dark skinned, blue or black."
|Frost liked Kali because it reminded him of the temple|
of Kali Ma in Indiana Jones.
|A beautiful but mysterious murti.|
|The face looks like hanuman but why does he|
carry a fish?
|Shiva lingam with |
milk and ghee.
Durban Botanic Garden
Later, we visited the Botanic Gardens near Greyville. The boys loved it - running around looking at birds, seed pods and cycads. Frost found out that cycads are prickly. Wren feared the rotating sprinklers and everyone enjoyed cream and jam scones with milkshakes at the kiosk still staffed by elderly white ladies with tinted hair.
I enjoyed sneaking crumbs to the begging birds (bulbuls, collared barbets, masked weavers and hadedahs) but did not see monkeys.
Frost and Wren were particularly impressed by the jackfruit. Frost kept asking if he could PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PICK IT! I don't know what he thought he would do with it. I told him you could buy them at the produce market but I think he wanted to OBTAIN it himself. These jackfruit are not mature - they are really quite small but still impressive.
|Frost reads about the jackfruit while Wren admires WHAT WE FOUND.|
|Frost has a sneaky look as he wants to pick it.|
He complains that his smart shirt makes him look "not cool" in this picture.
|I am getting sick of all the drama about monkeys. |
WHERE ARE THE MONKEYS@#$!!