|Lotus Mahal, Vijayanagara|
….and the elephant stables.
|Elephant Stables, Vijayanagara|
Most Hindu temples have chariots, in which the deity is carried through the streets during festivals. When not in use they can be parked in specially constructed garages as here at the Chennakeshava temple in Belur in central Karnatika….
|Chariot in a garage, Chennakeshava Temple, Belur|
Not so the chariot at Vittala temple, it is made of stone and will stand immobile in the courtyard until hell freezes over.
|Stone Chariot, Vijayanagara|
Mow Cop Castle
The village of Mow Cop (Mow is pronounced like the Chinese Chairman, not like cutting grass) sits on a low hill 6 miles north of Stoke-on-Trent. Open air prayer meetings held here by Hugh Bourne and William Clowes developed into the Primitive Methodist Movement which split from the Wesleyans in 1810. They reunited in 1932.
Mow Cop Castle is not a classic chocolate teapot, but it is as much use of one. It was built in 1754 by Randle Wilbraham and designed to look like the ruin of a medieval fortress with a round tower. He used it as a summerhouse. More money than sense?