Thursday, May 28, 2015


In 1947 Siewdass Sadhu a devote Hindu built a temple near the seaside on land owned by sugar cane company Tate and Lyle. He was persecuted for trespassing and fined £100 or 14 days in jail. The temple was demolished. He vowed to rebuild his temple on no man's land! He started working toward realizing his dream. His great fete was one of determination. He moved soil and land firstly by bucket and bicycle. After many years of difficult laboring, he managed a pathway 200m out into the gulf. It took him 25 years to build his temple.

In March 2012 i was fortunate enough to visit The temple with my Book Club

ripple of waves
pray flags play on the wind -
view of the temple

© gillena cox

I am blog hopping today at
Carpe Diem Special #743, From all directions

from all directions
blossoms blow into
waves of Lake Lute
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Lake Biwa is a very well known fresh water lake in the Northeastern region of Honshu (the Southern Island of Japan) and Basho has written a lot of haiku with Lake Biwa as theme. Here are a few examples:

open the lock
let the moon shine in -
Floating Temple


full moon
reflecting her beauty in the water
of Lake Biwa
© Chèvrefeuille

Another one a baransu styled haiku:

moonlight reflects
spring breeze scatters her beauty
I bow and pray
© Chèvrefeuille


Magyar said...

__Fine photograph, replete in mystique; Sadhu's strong-life devotion, is seen again in your haiku, the "view of the temple" was forever in Sadhu's eye. _m

Gillena Cox said...

Thank you for your appreciation _M

Much love...

Blog It Or Lose It said...

Very interesting! No, you don't mess with the sugar cane companies, do you. A pity. Great post --

Gillena Cox said...

Thanks for dropping in Paloma

Much love...

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