The Indian subcontinent is known as a region of polytheistic faith, always ready to accommodate any of the alternative views; one of the reasons that multiple faith systems originated and peacefully coexisted at this place from thousands of years. The Indian society has been known for its diversity at multiple levels, including the faith. That’s why we see unlimited number deities in this region of the globe. Mythologically, Mount Abu has always been seen as a holy place which, according to locals, is considered to be the residence of 330 million Gods and Goddesses. And after seeing so many famous shrines like Arbuda Devi temple, Shiva and Jain temples of Achalgarh, Dattatreya temple at Gurushikhar, Delwara jain temples, Vastan ji temple and Vishwamitra temple etc. in this very small and perhaps only hill station of Rajasthan, this claim appears to be somewhat true. Besides all these frequently visited places, off road walks in any of the directions could guide us to many less visited mystical places. Interestingly I saw many such isolated and solitary small temples, dedicated to various and some never heard deities, at many places which are visited by only local villagers on some selective occasions. Although these holy places are not big and famous, faith touches an entirely different dimension there. I feel that the real diversity in faith could be observed at such isolated places which are the abode of many deities, including the unknown and local ones. In this photo essay, Secluded Faith, I describe the experiences of my off road journey to such local temples at unconventional locations of Mount Abu.
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Kandisa by Indian Ocean