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The Sun Temple at Modhera in Gujarat, India, erected by king Bhim Dev I. 

The Solankis, who ruled Gujarat and Rajasthan, were avid temple builders. Despite principally worshiping Shiva, they claimed lineage from Pandu, thus through this connection, legitimized their tradition of solar cults. This temple is dedicated to Surya (the sun).

The Sun Temple at Modhera, marks the grandest achievement of Solanki style of temple architecture. This temple standing on a raised terrace, contains the main temple complex, and assemble hall with a torana in front and a large flagged tank, decorated with numerous shrines. A grand flight of steps descends to the tank [visible in the fourth photo].

This temple is a remarkable example of fine proportion, aesthetic appeal, spiritual grace and integration of plastic embellishment with the architectural design. The sanctum-sanctorum is so designed, that during solar equinoxes, the first rays of the rising sun lit up the image of the sun-God.

Although the temple was ransacked by Mahmud Ghazni, it still has enough to convey the grandeur of its conception and the artistry of its execution.

-B. Kumar, Pilgrimage Centres of India

Photos courtesy & taken by Andrea Kirkby.

When I was in college, I had a blog called Salty Sea Hag, where I did political humor from the point of view of a sea witch living on the bottom of the ocean. “

leseanthomas:

bestofboxing:

December 26, 1908: Jack Johnson defeats Tommy Burns by KO in round 14 and becomes the first black man to win the world heavyweight title.


 "If the black man wins, thousands and thousands of his ignorant brothers will misinterpret his victory as justifying claims to much more than mere physical equality with their white neighbors." - The New York Times, 1910.

"Defeats" is an understatement. He DESTROYED Tommy. The fact that he let tommy stick around that long was a testament to how bad he wanted to embarrass Tommy. It was so bad the police had to stop the fight.

Even after this victory, The racial hatred for Jack amongst whites of the time was so heavy that they didn’t accept Jack as champ even though he defeated the world champ. So long as retired World Champ, JAMES JEFFRIES was alive at least. This lead to the invention of the "Great White Hope"; a search by white media/boxing promoters for a white boxer to defeat Jack johnson, reclaiming white supremacy. After chasing jefferies through print media and being denied a shot at the title to prove he’s the real champ ( It was forbidden at the time for black boxers to fight for the heavyweight title against whites), outside millionaire promoters finally offered Jeffries an unheard amount of money at the time, $120,000 (about 2mil in 2013 cash) to come out of retirement to silence jackson once and for all. The fight between Jack Johnson and James Jefferies was labeled "The Fight of the Century." 

Johnson finally got his shot & made a mockery of Jefferies; Toying, Destroying and exposing him. The fight got so bad the refs threw the towel and the broadcasters stopped the recording of the fight just before Jeffries went down to avoid further embarrassment, so many never got to see Jeffries hit the pavement. Jack Johnson, now the true pound-for-pound champ and the first African American heavyweight champ’s sound victory lead to one of the most historic race riots in american history. The riots- largely due to the outpouring of jubilant, african americans celebrating- turned ugly and lead to over 25 (recorded) deaths and hundreds of injuries in 25 states and 50 cities…mostly lynchings and murders on the hands of angry, white citizens who were perturbed by the nation-wide celebration. 

People say a lot about Ali and Joe Luis as greats, and they are no doubt our heroes, but boxing history likes to ignore ole Jack; The first mega black celebrity who rode (and crashed regularly) the best, fancy sports cars, wore the best tailored suits, was rich beyond belief, talked flippantly towards whites and openly courted white women (the original sin). This was Jim Crowe America, less than 50 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The original “American Boogeyman” and his legacy I believe is still felt today when it comes to rich, african-american celebrities and how they should be perceived in the media. 

I always felt like Jack was the precursor to Joe Luis and later Muhammad Ali. After all, no black fighter was ever allowed to contend for the heavyweight title after Johnson was ostracized by America and lost the title, for 40 years…until a quiet boy named the Brown Bomber came along. :-) I’d love to see an honest movie on this guy. 

alpha-omegas:

rainybones:

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blackguyandrew:

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That is one majestic ass man.

awkwardsituationist:

michael poliza in churchill manitoba, who noted “the polar bear was all by himself as they are very solitary animals anyway. but this one looked particularly sad as it wandered around, almost as though it didn’t understand where the snow had gone.” (more polar bear photos)

sean-clancy:

Martin Conte, photographed by Hugo Toni.

from89:

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fearsomebeardsome:

Me: So how do you fashion your moustache to get it like that?

Dan: I just use a little school glue in the morning before I leave the house.  I tried using moustache wax but glue seems to be the only thing that works. 

shanieomaniac:

theweniswarmer:

Hello there! This is a post about something that I just really need to get off my chest!!

Yes, these pictures are me. No, they are not edited at all - this is just me.

I am 15 years old, 5’1”, and I weigh 83lbs.

I am not anorexic, nor do I have any other sort of eating disorder or condition that causes me to be this skinny. I eat like a pig, and most everything I eat is fattening and full of calories.

Now, here’s my point:

Please, please, please, PLEASE. Stop. Shaming. Skinny. People.

Look, I understand and love every post I see supporting bigger people (trust me, I think a little chub is super attractive!) but it’s when I see comments like "Skinny people have it easy" or "Skinny girls don’t get bullied"  That’s when I have a problem.

I am asked almost every. Fucking. Day. If I eat. I understand the concern, but can we please let go of the assumption that every skinny person ever has an eating disorder?

Also, the whole, “Skinny girls aren’t beautiful! They’re all fake and plastic!”

That really hurts. A lot.

So, can we please spread a little awareness about this? Thanks!

The lack of notes on this is disturbing

cookienun:

billyelliotshipper:

thisblogmustbedestroyed:

via Reddit

why is britaIN FRIED EGG? LIKE I’VE NEVER WOKEN UP IN THE MORNING AND THOUGH YES IMMA HAVE ME SOME EGGY FOOD THANK GOD ITS MY COUNTRIES NATIONAL DELICACY. OUR DISH IS FISH AND FUCKING CHIPS OR YORKSHIRE PUDDING OR CORNISH PASTY OR FRIE UPS NOT FUCKING EGG. LIEK EVERYTHING ELSE IN THIS PICTUE IS JUST LIKE RLLY STEORTYPICAL AND THEN ITS BRITIAN AND THAT FUCKING SHITTY PLASTIC EGG. egg unfucking belivable

are you okay

yunghummus:

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