Sunday, September 07, 2014

Stoddard Temple: Plenty of those in India

In Ayn Rand's Fountainhead, Howard Roark constructed the Stoddard Temple. The temple's theme was that god exists within human. Hence Howard designed the temple to keep it 'grounded' yet exalted. The central idol was that of a human (Dominique).
In many Indian temples, the same theme is seen. Rabindranath Tagore captured it brilliantly in his essay titled 'Mandir'. There are temples which have the normal day-to-day human life carved out on the outer walls. The deity resides within this depiction of day-to-day-human-tussle.
This is the kind of god I will like to believe someday. Thanks Tagore. Thanks Ayn Rand.

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