Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Diwali

Friends wish you all

Diwali, the  Festival of Lights is favorite among kids because they get a chance to light fire crackers.

My kids  have grown up and no more lighting crackers as they are aware of air and noise pollution.

But, the sky is lit with fire crackers of various colors and shapes.

And to top it all homemade sweets for Deepavali.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thread Garden, Ooty

Thread Garden at Ooty is located by the side of North Lake Road, opposite the Boat House.  This beautiful garden is created by Anthony Josheph with the help of 50  skillful and proficient craftsman. This garden is a first of this type that is so colorful and lovely.

It exhibits some of the most magnificent and exquisite collection of artificial flowers and plants. 

To create this wonder one has not used a stitch of a needle or any other machinery. Stiff cardboards are used for flowers and petals, steel and copper wires are used for stem. Along with this they generously used variety of colorful threads to create these visual delights. 

More than 400 different shades and plain natural colored embroidery threads have been used to create artificially made flowers that remain fresh for a long long time.

It has wonderful display of flowers, plants and lawns fabricated entirely from thread, canvas and wire. They look very natural and fresh forever.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rani Sipri's Tomb, Ahmedabad

Rani Sipri's Tomb is located in the old area of Ahmadabad within the same complex as Rani Sipri Mosque. It is one of the ancient monuments that has a combination of Indo-Islamic architecture.

Constructed some time in 16th century the tomb has a large dome in the central part surrounded by 4 small domes in the 4 corners. The tomb has screens made of stones have been carved beautifully.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Siddhesvara Temple, Namchi

Siddhesvara Dham in Namchi is a unique pilgrim center that has replicas of the twelve Jyotirlinga. It is atop Solophok hilltop occupying an area of 29.9 hectares, just 5 kms from the city. 

It was consecrated by Shri Jagadguru Sankaracharya Swami Swarupananda Saraswati on 8th November, 2011 and is now open to public. Before one can reach the main area after buying the entry tickets, you enter into a large hall that showcases miniaturized versions of various structures in the complex that gives an overall orientation.

The one that catches the attention of all from a long distance is gigantic statue of Lord Shiva and a tall statue of Kirateshwar who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

The other main attractions are fantastic replicas of 12 Jyotirlingas like Jagannath, Dwarika, Rameshawaram, Badrinath etc.,

This well maintained place has a beautiful flower garden which is visited by little sparrows.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Nadankanan Zoo - Peacock

Nadankanan Zoo at Bhubaneswar is one of great zoo in India. There are various animals and birds at the zoo. 

We went on a safari to nearby forest and we could see the beautiful peacock sitting on a tree.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Drive from Lachen to Gurudongmar Lake

We managed to get some sleep in the very cold night at Lachen. We were up very early in the morning by 4 a.m for a drive of 67 kms to Gurudongmar Lake.

We passed through a beautiful valley Chopta Valley. It is located in-between Lachen and Gurudongmar which gets covered with flowers in spring and with snow during winter. 

As we go up the high altitude one can distinctly see the change in foliage. From green forests or large trees, the foliage changes to mostly smaller bushes. On either side of the road on come across beautiful snow covered peaks.

Beautiful Gurudongmar Lake which is located further up at an altitude of 17800 ft near Indo-Tibet border. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Kadari Manjunatheshwara Temple, Mangalore

The Manjunatheshwara Temple at Mangalore on the hills of Kadri is a popular temple. It is very old temple, but the present structure built in complete stone dates to 14th century.

The temple has various statues of Gorakanatha, Machendranath, Shringinath, Manjushri, Lokshewara and even Buddha apart from Lord Manjunatha. 

In front of the temple, at an height there are a number of water ponds and there is also a huge light pole. 

There is a natural spring at an elevated location at the back of the temple. The water from this spring is let into nine ponds of different sizes adjacent to it. 

One visiting this simple temple can have a good time in the serene and calm surroundings.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Gita Mandir, Somnath

These are group of temples at Somnath situated on the banks of a Hiren river. This is a calm and serene place just 5 kms away from the Someshwar Mahadev Temple.

Gita Mandir is modern temple built by Birla family in 1970, which is dedicated to the Bhagwat Gita. 

Inside the temple there are 18 pillars and each pillar symbolizing a chapter from the Gita.

The main deity of the temple is Lord Krishna. 

Mainly Balram took Krishna here after Bhalka Tirth and his footprint is here at this place. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi

The Veerabhadra Temple in Lepakshi has been built on a low altitude hillock of a large exposure of granite rock. This 16th century temple built by Virupanna Nayaka and Viranna, both Governors under the Vijayanagar Empire.

The architecture of the temple is that of Vijaynagar Style of that period. The main temple is laid out in three parts: the assembly hall, ante chamber and the sanctum. The assembly hall is a large sized open hall with a large space in its central part.

On the pillars and walls there are carvings of saints, guardians, musicians, dancers and 14 avatars of Shiva. Every pillar is of different style and shape. The open space in the middle part of the hall has large columns which have carvings of triple figures.

The temple also has a hanging pillar which is a medieval architectural wonder to witness. Out of the seventy pillars, this one pillar does not rest on the ground completely but hangs in the air, with enough space between its base and the ground to pass a sheet of paper through it.

On every corner of the temple one can find either carvings or paintings.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Birds of Jakkur Lake - 9, Bangalore

Jakkur Lake in north Bangalore you can come across many colorful birds. 

Here is glimpse some of the water birds of different species.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Poetry in Stone - 33

This is thirty-third  in the series on the rich cultural heritage of temples in India. The ancient monuments of India are richly carved and they behold ones attention for their craftsmanship. 

Beautiful craftsmanship on 10th century Varahi Temple at Chaurasi. One of the windows of the 14th century Rudbai Step-well at Adalaj which has been carved intricately on all corners with different motifs and animals.

The sanctum doorway of Harishchandra ni Chori at Shamalaji is adorned with bands comprising a creeper, lotus leaves and the vine. The two female figures at the base represent Ganga and Yamuna.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Kolkota, City of Joy

Kolkata located on the east bank of the Hooghly River is the commercial, cultural, and educational center of Eastern India. In the late 17th century, it was ruled by the Nawab of Bengal and later East India company took over the city.

The city is known for its literary, artistic, and revolutionary heritage. Notable people who architected modern Bengali literature are Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. The Bengal Renaissance was spear headed by Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Vivekananda, and others.

While the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port. There are many buildings that depict Indo-Islamic and Indo-Saracenic heritage of the city. 

The places of interest in the city are:

  • Victoria Memorial
  • Indian Museum
  • National Library of India
  • Dakshineswar Kali Temple
  • Howrah Bridge
  • Eden Gardens
  • Kalighat Kali Temple
  • Birla Mandir
  • Vidyasagar Setu
  • Howrah Railway Station

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Butterflies in Hebbal Park - 2, Bangalore

Hebbal Lake in north Bangalore has a small garden on its banks. There are various flowering trees as well as small flowering plants in the garden. 

One can see different colorful butterflies hovering over the flowers here. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cheena Vala, Fort Kochi

Cheena Vala in Fort Kochi are commonly known as "Chinese fishing nets". It is believed that these nets are set up between 13th and 14th century.

They are fixed land installations for fishing which are 10 m high structure and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched horizontal net spread of size 20 m or more suspended over the sea. Large stones of 30 cm suspended from ropes of different lengths as counterweights at the other end.

Each installation is operated by a team of up to five or seven fishermen. The net is left immersed for a short time within the water, before it is raised by pulling on ropes. The net will when comes out will have a few fishes in them.

All the installation are not operated at the same time. Each of the nets are independent based on the state of the water tide.