Earlier in the year I took a trip to Bendigo a few hours out of Melbourne, Australia to visit the Kwan Yin Temple which is the biggest and oldest in the Southern Hemisphere.
Kwan Yin is the Goddess of Compassion and Mercy and is honoured by Buddists as well as polytheists.
There are many images of Kwan Yin painted on the walls around the complex.
There are also lots of statues in honour of Kwan Yin around the complex grounds.
There are incense burners outside the inner temple of Kwan Yin
which pilgrims can use to honour the Goddess.
Inside the temple of Kwan Yin there is a statue and shrine in her
honour with offerings all around her. Those who come to the temple
can meditate, pray and leave offerings in her name.
A close up of the Kwan Yin shrine shows how active this shrine
is which is very important to her devotees.