Southampton – the first stop in my Maha Yatra from Iceland to India
The flight left on time and by 1930 we were hovering above London Heathrow. London looked beautiful from above…sparkling with lights.
Finally we touched heathrow passing the lousy Indian immigration officer we came out refreshed. Shan had come to take us home. He had hired a big car knowing how much baggage is carried by Indians, but he failed miserably, as we had total 5 suitcases which his hired Renault could not carry. So 2 pieces were kept in lap and one kept at the leg space and shan’s wife had to sit like a baby keeping her feet in the lap of mom.
In 1 and half hour we reached Southampton. I was excited as I was going to see a historic city from where Titanic sailed in April, 1912… The scenes of movie Titanic were coming before my eyes.. I wished to remember the scenes of crash and people drowning, but some unwanted scenes (like painting :) ) kept coming, which I forcibly removed.
Southampton is a small city…very quiet, beautiful and attractive. There is nothing much to see in Southampton, but the Titanic Museum and remains of old Southampton fort. Next day we started our exploration of Southampton. We went to the market and saw the gate of Southampton Fort. In WWII, SH was completely destroyed and it was re-built. The pier from which Titanic sailed, was also destroyed and there stands the new port.
There was an Indian Restaurant near fort. Restaurant was run by a Karnatic couple and was famous for south Indian dishes… yummmm so many years I have not tasted Dosa so we sat in the Restaurants and had the dosa… not bad 10000 KM from dosa towns, it was a little costly but tasty.
After filling bellies we went on tour of Southampton on foot, since it is a very small city it was possible to see most of the things on foot. The steam Rails museum, which I had planned to see was closed for maintenance and I was sad to miss it, since I have loved locomotives since my childhood.
Stonehenge is an ancient site supposed to be built about 5000 years ago. It is European version of pyramids, only smaller in size, but equally fascinating. Original stonehenge was a group of two circles made by stones.
But due to time and natural forces most of the stones have been displaced and what is left now is a semi circle of stones. It is still a mystery as to how, 5000 years ago they lifted those heavy stones without any machinery. Some people believed Devil erected those stones, some think same technique of sloped platforms were used to lift those stones, as was done for Pyramids.
The breathtaking prehistoric monument located near Salisbury in the English county of Wiltshire stands as strong today as it did 3500 years ago. Documented as one of the most famous places in the world to visit, Stonehenge was built in three phases that consisting of over 30 million hours of labor.
There are no written records as to why Stonehenge was built. There are many theories but no confirmations. Some theory it was a place of dying, while others theory it was a place of healing. Some reason Stonehenge was built for human sacrifice while others speculate it’s all about astronomy.
Some think it is a solar calendar that predicted the sunrise, sunset, eclipse, moonsets and moonrise while others reckon it as a place for worship. The reasoning for Stonehenge remains a mystery.
Some authors state the supernatural must have played a part in the construction of Stonehenge reasoning the stones were too heavy making impossible for anyone to move and carry therefore making Stonehenge a much bigger mystery.
Whatever the reason, the circular landmark of large standing stones is a wonder to everyone as Stonehenge dates back as far as 3100 B.C. the estimated built time.
Although total construction was not completed at that time, Stonehenge was built in three phases with a time span of 1500 years. There is also evidence at the construction site that it could actually date back as far as 6500 years.
Throughout history many archaeologists and antiquarians have visited Stonehenge to try and satisfy this monumental mystery. Whether this mystery will ever be solved, Stonehenge draws visitors from all over the world. It is a place to visit that will satisfy your own curiosity. If you’d like to come and pray or meditate or just take in it’s architectural beauty, Stonehenge is a place you will not want to miss. (Thanks to stonehenge.org)
It is quite possible this stone was used for healing purposes by ancient witches, and it lost its name and became Heeling stone instead.
After enjoying this wonderful site, we returned home tired. Next was the programme to see the Portsmouth which was also very near Southampton.