|Hanuman Temple Taos, NM|
It might seem an unlikely place for a Hindu temple, but Taos is many things to many people. And a lot seem to feel it's especially spiritual, it draws the spiritual-ness out of people and draws spiritual seekers as well.
My recollection (probably flawed) is that the grounds and buildings for the temple complex were donated by someone, and the money to buy the Hanuman statue was raised by the participants. I've been there twice and was amazed both times at how life-like the marble statue is. I've photographed it in different light and still, the translucent quality of the marble and the exquisite workmanship makes it appear as if Hanuman is present and will blink his eyes at any moment.
The participants in the temple dress the statue in beautiful clothing, varying it to the season and possibly also to the ceremonial calendar. They come in at various times during the day to sing chants which are quite lovely and compelling. I don't know the name of the little pump organ that is used, but when it's played, one hand moves the baffles back and forth while the other plays keys. The second time I was there, a group of Indians came in and sang all the songs by heart, while the anglo people typically use a printed song book. It was crowded but everyone sat close to each other on the floor and sang. I just listened and tried to grasp the need for ritual and togetherness around a mutual belief. I felt very soothed afterwards, and most of the people left the room smiling.