Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jhulta Minar, Ahmedabad

Sidi Bashir Mosque is located opposite to the city railway station in Ahmadabad is one of the historic monument. This mosque was completed in 1452. Unfortunately the body of the mosque was later destroyed in a war between the Marathas and Gujarat Sultanate. But even today the minarets and arched central gateway still remain intact.

Each of this minarets is 100 feet tall and has 3 levels with intricately carved balconies. A gentle shaking of either minaret after climbing to a height of 84 feet results in the other minaret vibrating after a few seconds, though the connecting passage between them remains free of vibration. 

Due to this mysterious feature the minarates of mosque are also called Jhulta Minar or Shaking Minarets. The actual reason behind this phenomenon is not yet known.

This minaret strong enough to withstand the pressure of fast moving trains that pass from a close distance. This architects has attributed to the way these minarets have been built layer by layer. The motifs on this minaret are of exceptional craftsmanship.

Monday, June 27, 2016


Yaganti is located at a distance of 75 kms from Tadipatri in the state of Andhra Pradesh. This place is nestled in the middle of some hostile terrain like the the dry, rocky region of Erramala Hills. 

This place is not on the regular tourist track. People who wish to visit the temples here or interested in rustic beauty of nature must visit this place.

Places of interest here are:

  • Sri Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple 
  • Agastya Cave
  • Venkateswara Cave
  • Veera Brahmam Cave

We left Bangalore by 5:00 a.m and reached this place around 4:00 p.m after covering Lepakshi, Tadpatri, and Belum Caves. It was hectic but very nice places to see.