Received: May 16th, 2015

INDIA

Khajuraho:

In the temple architecture of India, the Khajuraho complex remains unique. One thousand years ago, under the generous and artistic patronage of the Chandela kings of Central India, 85 temples, magnificent in form and richly carved, came up on one site. Today, of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time. The temples are famous for their erotic sculptures. The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the western complex of Khajuraho group is the largest and the most ornate Hindu temple in Khajuraho. The entire complex is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Maitreya Buddha, Nubra Valley:

Nubra VAlley is 150 kms from Leh town across the Khardung La Pass in the northern Jammu and Kashmir state of India. Like the rest of Tibetan plateau, Nubra is a high altitude cold desert with rare precipitation and scant vegetation except along river beds. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 feet. Majority of the inhabitants are Buddhists. To the west end of Nubra Valley near the Indo-park border, the inhabitants speak Balti and are Shia Muslims. In the picture is the 35 meter statue of Maitreya Buddha facing down the Shyok River towards Pakistan.

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And of course, Vishwanath is very generous to send an Indian banknote which will be added to my banknote collection. I sent him a Philippine banknote as well (20-peso bill), but it was a used banknote. His was a new one. So I am thinking of sending him another. This time, it would be fresh from the bank and unused.

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