Christmas in Atlanta 2014 Part 2 – Spiritual, nature and jazz stops

We packed a lot into a few days, and one of the unique stops was the Hindu Temple of Atlanta (click here for part 1 of this blog).

DSC_0119Cheril came across this prior to visiting while seeking out off the beaten paths in Atlanta. Much to our surprise, there is one just like it in central Jersey.

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It was a dreary day when we stopped by with our niece and nephew in tow. From the moment we went up the steps toward one of the buildings we could feel a sense of calm. There were a few people outside, some lighting incense and giving offering such as bananas and rice, and others preparing to go inside. We could tell by the dozens of shoes outside the building that there were plenty more inside. No photography is allowed in the building so we were only able to capture exterior shots.

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Inside the temple were stations (for lack of a better word) of various deities, each having offerings around them. It was big, quiet and peaceful inside, with people coming and going and praying as they wished—a stark contrast to other religious spaces in which people are organized and more boisterous with their feelings. All in all it was certainly worth the stop and we’ll likely drive up to central Jersey to visit the one closer to home. Hindu is one of Monica’s passionate areas of study.

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After visiting the Hindu temple, we took the kids to the famed Bodies’ Exhibit, which didn’t allow pictures but we’re sure many of you have already experienced. If you haven’t and it’s in a city near you, do go and see it! We missed it when it was in Philly and were happy to catch it in Atlanta.

After the temple and the exhibit, at some point we decided to hit the zoo. Who doesn’t love the zoo?! lol

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Cheril loves the zoo and turns into a big kid every time—taking hundreds of pictures! Our favorite of the lot has got to be these lovebirds.

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And the “deerbra!”

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It was a beautiful day and we rounded it out by hitting Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint downtown for live jazz and amazing dinner.

Cheril and Monica at Sweet Georgias Juke Joint

It was a great night punctuated by Miss Ceely’s Punch (moonshine). Thanks, Atlanta. We’ll be back in a few months!

 

Until next time…

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5 thoughts on “Christmas in Atlanta 2014 Part 2 – Spiritual, nature and jazz stops

  1. Pingback: Christmas in Atlanta 2014 Part 1- Family fun and a little tourism! | Cheril and Monica's blog

  2. Claudia Moss

    Wow!

    Happy New Year, Cheril and Monica! Loved these two posts. You truly learn something new every day. I didn’t know we had a HINDU TEMPLE in the ATL. I’ve got to visit, as I adore visiting different places of worship.

    Thanks! And beautiful boudoir pictorial, Cheril!

    Love & Light,
    Claudia

    1. cheril Post author

      Thanks, Claudia, and Happy New Year to you too! We’re making an effort to seek out the unknown even in the most visited places!

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