Calcutta also known as the city of festivals almost remains enlightened all through the year with various festivals every now and then. Whether it’s Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Laxmi Puja, Kartik Puja, Vishwakarma Puja, Holi, Diwali, Christmas or whatever, the city enjoys them all with full celebration. Durga Puja is ideally the biggest festival of Calcutta (and West Bengal). The city of Calcutta has a completely different look.Read More
My wife is a person of few words; very few words. She rarely asks for anything and whenever she does, it becomes a commandment…Read More
नामकरण के किस्सों को जानने के पश्चात् मैं इन्हें देखने के लिए और लालायित हो उठा. कदम तेजी से बढ़ने लगे और मैं गुफा-वृन्द के गेट पर आ गया. वहां २४ लाजवाब गुफाएं थीं. पुरातत्व विभाग द्वारा एक बोर्ड भी लगा हुआ था, जिसमें बताया गया की वे गुफाएं लगभग २०० वर्षों में बनीं थीं. कई गुफाएं तत्कालीन सम्राटों और धनिक-सम्मानित लोगों के द्वारा दान में दी गयी राशि से बनाई गयीं थीं और बौद्ध धर्म के हीनयान सम्प्रदाय के अनुयायियों द्वारा उपयोग में लाई जातीं थीं.Read More
1322km, hidden beach, kanyakumari, 6:10am, 10mins away from sunset. The Road ends and it ends with Indian extreme south land zone, and turquoise sea in front about to turn saffron and then black gradually.
The feeling can’t be explained in words, of what we were watching, what we have achieved and what we have experienced so far.Read More
यह भी कहा जाता है कि जब-जब शासन बदला, तब-तब इस गुफा का विभिन्न प्रकार से उपयोग किया गया. कभी तो यहाँ सैनिकों के टुकड़ियाँ निवास करती थीं, तो कभी शरणार्थी-गण. यह भी समझा जाता है कि प्रत्येक शासन काल में यह गुफा उजड़ी और फिर नए सिरे से बसी. लोग यह भी मानतें हैं कि विश्व युद्ध के समय भी अंग्रेज सैन्य-बल यहाँ बसा हुआ था. इनका यह मतलब निकलता है कि मंडपेश्वर गुफाएं हमेशा से लोगों द्वारा आबादित रहीं हैं.Read More
But leaving the roads apart, when I entered Chand Baori, a WOW just came out from my mouth. I mean Neemrana Stepwell was massive, but this one is like some aliens came to build it. This stepwell is enormous and mind-blowing & now I understand that why a scene of Batman 2008 was filmed here. There is no parallel of such structure in India.Read More
We followed the surging crowds that seemed to be heading in just one direction – towards the Sistine Chapel. With masses of people packed like sardines inside the chapel, it was hard to imagine it as a quiet place of deliberation. But cardinals have gathered here in conclave for centuries to elect new popes, broadcasting their results through smoke signals from a chimney. It’s also the only place in the museum where photography is prohibited. A world of discovery awaited us as we entered the Sistine Chapel – the pinnacle of western art.Read More
पर एक बात थी. कान्हेरी पहाड़ का वह स्थान बिलकुल वीरान था. इतना वीरान कि गुफाओं के अन्दर अकेले जाने में ऐसा महसूस हो कि कोई वहां पहले से मौजूद है, जो आपको निरंतर देख रहा है. उस वीरानी में मन में कई ख़याल आते हैं. जैसे कि क्या वहां जाने वाले का कोई सम्बन्ध पश्चात काल में उस गुफा से था और उसी सम्बन्ध के सहारे वह इस जीवन में भी वहां लौट कर आया हो? उस अंतिम गुफा में बैठ कर मैंने अपनी एक कविता का प्रथम अन्तरा लिखा. इस कविता के दूसरे अंतरे बाद में मुंबई के अन्य गुफाओं की यात्रा में पूर्ण हुए.Read More
The most important sculpture here is the Trimutri, 3 faces of Mahadev which have found its space on Maharashtra tourism logo as well. Nearly full length of wall, the faces are very skilfully carved. Point to note that this is not a sculpture of Trimurti – Brahma , Vishnu and Mahesh but these are faces of Shiva only. There has been tradition to carve faces on Shivling as well. And based on number of faces, the shivling gets the name from Ekmukhi to Panchmukhi.
Although the common man thinks these are 3 faces, the experts have always more to add. Stella Kramrisch is one such expert in Indian iconography. She has proven that these are not 3 but 5 faces. There are distinct names to each of the face and it really represents the attribute of colorful character of Shiva. Five faces of Shiva represent five elements, Ishana (sky), Tatpurusha (wind), Aghora (fire), Vamadeva (water) and Sadjoyata (earth) and together this depiction is called as Sadashiv as per iconography. We see three faces and there is one assumed to be behind and one on top.
My skepticism of the media flared “Telangana issue” had been forcing me to procrastinate a long pending visit to the beautiful city of “Hyderabad”,…Read More
As we came out of the hotel, It started raining but we were prepared for this. We took out our Rain-coats and started our exploration. In the market we bargained with an Auto wala and for Rs 600 he agreed to took us to various places including Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Amer Fort and Chokhi Dhani. First of all we went to check out the famous Hawa Mahal of Jaipur. Hawa Mahal is a palace built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside.Read More
While we were capturing the paranthas being prepared we saw a Nan khatai stall. The nan khatai is a dying biscuit of India. It is made by bread, flour, semolina, butter, sugar and baking powder and it is baked on the slow fire of charcoal.Read More