May 242016
 
Road Trip to Bhagamandala Temple & Tala Cauvery in Coorg

Road Trip to Tala Cauvery Origin of River Kaveri in Coorg Most hill stations in India came into existence because of Sahib log during Raj wanting to escape the heat & dust during desi summers. Not so Coorg, it has been a flourishing Kingdom much before that, proudly inhabited by the brave and nature loving Kodava people. My introduction to Coorg was through Hindi translation of Chikavira Rajendra, by Maasthi Venkatesha Iyengar, the masterpiece that takes you through the turbulent times of the last king of Madikeri. Ever since then I have tried to go and soak in the experience of the Coorg the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 162015
 
85 Feet Tall Shiva Idol in Bijapur Karnataka

Second Largest Shiva Idol is 85 feet tall and in Bijapur Karnataka Small town India never fails to amaze me. While the big cities are busy building theme parks, malls and multiplexes the mofussil India has its own way to keep the locals busy. Now Bijapur in Karnataka even with all its historical treasures from the erstwhile Adil Shahi Sultanate is not your typical touristy town. Once we were done with the mandatory ruins and tombs like Ibrahim Rauza and Gol Gumbaz etc. we asked our driver if there is anything else to visit, so he said there is [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 302013
 
A Photo Essay On Shore Temple Mamallapuram

Ancient Shore Temple Mamallapuram Some time back I wrote two posts on Shore Temple Mamallapuram, one was a quiz to identify the ancient temple of Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram, on the East cost highway outside of Chennai.  In both the pictures I showed the top or the Shikhara of the temple with birds playing there at the lofty heights. This temple is one of the oldest in India and a great example of the maritime power and architecture of Pallava empire. These Pallava kings had trade, culture and military interactions with countries as far as Rome, China, Cambodia and many other ancient civilizations. So [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 292013
 
Varanasi The Spiritual Capital of India- A Photo Essay on Varanasi Ghats

  Life on Varanasi Ghats   There are a lot of Holy Cities and Temple Towns in India, every where people come to ask for wishes to be granted to make their life better in this. People visit  Varanasi for all this and more, thousands of  Hindus visit Varanasi or Benaras, or Kashi to die. Yes you read it correct, when they become old and sick and think the time to meet the maker is coming they visit Varanasi and wait for the dying in Kashi the city of Shiva known my many names the most popular being Varanasi. [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 192013
 
Skywatch Friday- Crows Race At The Top of Shore Temple

 Skywatch Friday- The Famous Pallava Shore Temple In South India Last week in Skywatch post I posted a picture of  the top of a famous temple and asked it to be identified for a gift in form of printout of any picture from desi Traveler blog. I was not sure how many people will get the answer right. But I was pleasantly surprised to see many correct answers to the question. Though some of the answers were given on Facebook and they do not count as  the answer was to be posted in the comments on the blog post. Anyway without [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 172012
 
Road Trip From Hyderabad to Srisailam Temple

Drive to Srisailam Temple and nearby tourist attractions Located just about 250 Km from Hyderabad is the small hill town of Srisailam, famous for the Srisailam or Mallikaarjun swami (Siva) temple. It is one of the 12 Jyortilingams and one of the few where shaktipeeth (mother goddess) is also present at same place. We decided to take a road trip in car to Srisailam. Once you reach close to the new Airport of Hyderabad you will start seeing board to Srisailam and just continue to follow them.  Lord Shiva as Dakshinamurthy We left very early in the morning hoping to avoid [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 032012
 
The Sacred Center of Hampi Temple

The Sacred Center of Hampi Temple – Where History and Mythology Live Together A Guide and Tourist at  Sacred Center of Hampi Temple   The sacred center of Hampi temple is where most of the religious and tourist action happens. Right in the middle of a Bazaar (crafts village like a flea market) you can see the main Virupaksha temple from miles. After passing through the bazaar, dodging the aggressive vendors trying to sell you things and more aggressive beggars trying to sell you heaven in both present and afterlife, you reach the sacred center. There is a small camera fee you need to [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 212012
 
Tall Shiva Idol at Surendrapuri near Bhongir Fort

Shiva Idol at Surendrapuri Museum of Mythology There is a tall Shiva idol on NH8 on the way to Gurgaon from Delhi, it is a landmark and I have seen it many times. I am not sure how  high it is but always use to wonder if there are other that high statues of Shiva. Some time back I visited Surendrapuri, Yadagirigutta, Andhra Pradesh near Bhongir Fort and there I photographed this another very tall Shiva idol. Not sure which one is tallest or other such tall statues of Shiva or other Hindu gods in the the country. The specialty of this [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 082011
 
Around Bhongir Fort- Surendrapuri A Museum of Indian Mythology

A Museum of Hindu Mythology: Surendrapuri We have been living in Hyderabad for some time and I have visited the Golconda fort many times. It has been one of the default historical spot for us to go whenever we were giving a guided tour to our guests both from India or my colleagues from US. Our CTO Tom has been to India many times and he is probably equally familiar with the city of Nizams by now if not more than me. So when this time Tom was in town me and my colleagues were in dilemma what to [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]