Edfu is dedicated to my favorite Egyptian god Horus. The falcon-headed Horus was originally the sky god, whose eyes were the sun and moon. Raised by Isis and Hathor after Osiris’ murder by his brother Seth, Horus avenged his father’s death in a great battle at Edfu. Seth was exiled and Horus took the throne, Osiris reigning through him from the underworld. Thus all Pharaohs claimed to be the incarnation of Horus, the “living king.”
The Temple of Edfu built by the Romans and is one of the most well preserved sights in Egypt. After the Roman Empire became Christian and paganism was outlawed in 391 AD, the temple served as a church for a brief period but later abandoned. It lay buried up to its lintels in sand, with homes built over the top, until it was excavated by Auguste Mariette in the 1860s. The sand protected the monument over the years, leaving it very well preserved today.
The horse-cart ride to Edfu temple was so much fun and riding through the small lanes of the village took us back in history. The locals were friendly and used to wave at us and shout “Hey India! Amitabh Bachchan! Dharmendra!” Strangely they had never heard of Shahrukh khan.
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