The temple city
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Yesterday we spent the day at the Ghandi Museum in Madurai. There is a Ghandi Museum in every city in India I think, but this one was particularly good. We spent the afternoon at the Palace and Temple with our own personal tour guide. The guide cost us 300 rupees for 1/2 the day ($7.5 Cnd) and she had her masters of tourism management! We were fully immersed in the Hindus culture. THe guide insisted that Rick get the red dot on his forehead (I got a picture) and we smashed coconuts for good luck and a safe journey! There are so many gods, sons of gods, protectors of gods, incarnations of gods that it is really hard to understand it all. But people are very serious about the whole thing and it is a giant industry. They sacrifice everything- flowers, cocnuts, bananas, butter, lemons....each offering means something different. It's pretty wild and colourful the whole affair.
There are pretty much no other foreign tourists around. It's low season. We have had several requests to have our picture taken with random strangers! On to the hill station tomorrow for some cooler weather (I hope!) It's 38 degrees here!