It was past 3 PM when we were done with our lunch at Jhansi and we gathered ourselves for the last and final leg…Read More
The joke of the month is, by fellow Ghumakkar Srijan , that I do not get train tickets. The Indian Railways ticket reservation software…Read More
I was at Benares and we were mulling over whether to do a trip to Sarnath or not. I was not feeling too well,…Read More
Hello Ghumakkars, The following post is based on a post originally made by me to a closed Yahoogroup. I am posting this here as…Read More
After spending a day at Allahabad, we started towards Banaras or Varanasi. The drive is not a long one as its only 140 KM…Read More
Allahabad was our first night-stop on that great drive to orient which I wrote some time back. For a better period of our planing,…Read More
Who has not heard of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi? The last few lines of one of the most recited poetry in Hindi literature composed…Read More
Thats a long name for a hotel, especially the one which is worthy enough to write a review. And if I tell you that…Read More
Not many people would plan a trip to a place called ‘Lakhimpur’ which is more popularly known as ‘Lakhimpur Khiri’ so when an opportunity…Read More
A business trip for two days to the city of ‘Tehzeeb’, as Aditya said in his post on Lucknow, had to have some room…Read More
Despite the grandeur of ISKON Temple, the Banke Bihari Temple, built in 1864 is still the most revered and vibrant shrine in Vrindavan. The temple was originally established by Swami Haridas, a great Krishna devotee, known for his soulful devotional bhajans (was also the guru of the famous musician Tansen). He discovered the sacred deity of Banke Bihari (also popularly known as Thakur ji) at Nidhivana, where Banke Bihari was originally worshipped.
The deity was moved to Vrindavan on completion of the temple in 1864. The most interesting thing about this temple is that, unlike most of the other temples, the curtain is not left open. The curtain is put shut every few seconds and drawn back with a great chanting of Thakur ji. This is probably done with a view to shroud the icon for a moment. It is believed that the brilliance of eyes of Thakur ji can make a person unconscious, if seen for too long a stretch. Another notable feature is that the lotus feet of the deity can be seen only once a year, on Akshaya Tritiya, which falls sometimes in April / May.
Akbar is often remembered as a liberal ruler who expanded Mughal Empire to the vast region but his lust for women is lesser known….Read More