What does heritage mean to you?
Your personal slice of heritage could be your family home, or a 200-year-old tree you pass on your way to work. An ancient monument that has withstood the ravages of urbanization. It could be a lake in your town that craves a lease of life. Or a dying tradition, dance or custom that needs a few more takers. We asked Yahoo! readers via Flickr to share photos of heritage icons that they want to preserve. Submitting a photo to this series is akin to adding your voice to a visual signature campaign -- you endorse the heritage icon and your passion to protect it. Our editors were pleasantly overwhelmed by the range and breadth of themes and topics that represented heritage to our readers. Titled "My Discovery of India", our theme showcased aspects of heritage that readers want to preserve. Thanks to all of you for your time, enthusiasm and effort in making this showcase a runaway success. Do watch this space, as this gallery will be updated regularly. Do continue to submit your photos (remember to read the submission guidelines before you do so). Culture clash By Radhakrishnan S / Flickr Thirupuvanam Chozha Temple, Tamil Nadu By Ramesh Muthaiyan/ Flickr Balanced life on Marina Beach, Chennai. By Vijayamurthy Sadagopalan/ Flickr A 150-year-old steam locomotive. By Vijayamurthy Sadagopalan/ Flickr Onathappan, a clay pyramid structure with four faces and a flat top used during Onam celebrations in Kerala, symbolizes Thrikkakara Appan or Thrikakkarappan. This unique structure represents Vamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. For some people the pyramid represents both King Maveli and Vishnu. It is also referred as Onathappan. Thrikkakarappan is the presiding deity in the famous Thrikakkara temple in Ernakulam District of Kerala and is closely associated with the Onam myth. The structure is made using clay or mud and generally has four faces with a flat top. While welcoming King Mahabali to their homes, people place Thrikkakara Appan on a bed made of rice flour decked with flowers and pujas are performed. Some people believe that the unique shape of Thrikkakara Appan – the four faces – represents the four stages in the life of a human being. Usually, people place three structures which represent the three steps of land asked by Vamana to King Mahabali. Photo by Babish VB Temple and Mosque, Mccluskieganj, Jharkhand About 40 miles northwest of the capital, Ranchi, is this rare sight that tells of India's communal harmony. The town was once home to a large Anglo-Indian community, which has declined considerably over the years. by Moumita07 Sand dunes in the Nubra cold desert near Hunder village, Ladakh at altitude above 3,000 m (about 9850 feet). Observe the snow peaks in the background, so unlike what one normally expects to see in a desert. By Indianature26 The Gumbaz, Srirangapatana, Karnataka This is the mausoleum of Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore, his father Hyder Ali and mother Fathima Begum. The Gumbaz, an imposing structure, stands on a high and wide platform with an open verandah of polished pillars all round. It is an architectural beauty and a must visit if you are in Mysore, India. By Indira Nair Lonar Crater Lake, Maharashtra Lonar Lake is the third largest meteorite crater in the world and dates back as much as 50,000 years. It is situated in Buldhana district, Maharashtra. It is a crater formed out of basalt rock, the only one of its kind on earth. The two-million ton meteorite travelled at a distance of about 80,000 km per hour and hit the earth with such force that it created a depression of about 2 kms in diameter and 200 meters deep. Lonar Lake was first discovered by the British officer J E Alexander in 1823. Apart from tourists, the lake is visited by geologists and scientists from all over the world. The US Geological Survey, Smithsonian Institution of Washington DC, the Geological Society of India have conducted extensive studies about the site. The area surrounding the lake is rich in biodiversity. There are about twelve temples around the lake, though most are in a ruined state. By Veena Nair Chandragiri Hill, Karnataka Every importance is given to the hill of Vidhyagiri situated opposite to Chandragiri, where the statue of Gomateshwara is situated. This temple at Chandragiri is vital for educating the public about the aspects of a Jain temple, if only it were maintained properly. By Aishwariyaa Indramohan