“There is nothing better than a friend”
Happy Friendship day
“There is nothing better than a friend”
Happy Friendship day
This is in continuation of my previous post காசியில் கால் பதித்தேன்.
Kasi is all about Myths, Facts, Wonders, Characters all together totally a new world. For people like me, its a city of life. A day or even a week will not be enough.
I stepped at Kasi…..
Varanasi – Kasi – Banaras – Anandhavanam, These four names refers to the same oldest living city, where it is assumed our sins are washed away by river ganges (Ganga). I got an invite from Umanath and for sure I didn’t want to miss this life time opportunity.
I stepped at Kasi, with so much of excitement and with my own imagination about the holy place as seen on Television, but all of wasn’t true. Never believe all you see on TV shows
Kasi, wherever you go, hawkers and brokers surround like swam of bees. Though you act smart, somehow you tend to be cheated. Beggars don’t accept coins, priest don’t give you prasad, if you don’t pay them.
So many duplicate babas roaming around, whom you can’t click without paying them. This good soul didn’t demand any money for clicking him
The famous small narrow streets of Varanasi was full of life, colors, at times bit scarey. Where ever you step you will see these two for sure. temple & garbage. They have built tiny tot temples where ever possible and in our country where ever you want you can throw garbage.
My imagination about this place was there will dead bodies burning everywhere in kasi, but that wasn’t true. It is only at Harichandra ghat and Manikarnika ghat where they do these rituals.
A Scene from Harichandra ghat:
A Scene from Manikarnika ghat:
These are the regular activities one can see on the banks of river Ganga. People take a dip in the river and fill there small vessel with the holy water for Lord Vishvanath and the localities getting ready for business with the make-up. There will be so many people around you dress liked saints. Its really hard to spot if they real of just roaming around for money.
One of our friend said he spotted an aghori, who hid his face with his hand when my friend wanted to click him. He said “give me money”, when my friend gave 5 rs, he replied what will I do with this 5 bucks. He gave a 10 rupee note after which he was allowed to click but not more than two. he said “enough enough, how many you will click”
I was surprised on hearing this as these aghories will not be seen in common places during day time.
The next we saw the same so called aghori busy with his make-up session sitting next to this old man.
There are many misconceptions about Kasi, Hinduism & India. He is one good example for that. I was sitting on the banks of Ganga watching this guys, within minutes his appearance changed. He was given a mala and blessed by a brahmin sitting in the ghats.
Below is another common scene from the holy place.
Food was initially a problem for us, but after a lunch at Iyer’s Cafe. We became a regular visitors for all the days we stayed there. For people who love to try new food and snacks, Kasi will be a great place Round the clock you get yummy variety.
My advice to any South Indian going to Kasi will be, Lodging at Jaipuriya Bhavan, hotel where stayed, very close to the ganga, kasi vishwanathar temple and food at Iyer’s Cafe where you get the feel of home food at very minimal cost.
to be continued….
Kambala is an annual Buffalo Race held traditionally in coastal regions of Karnataka, India. This season usually starts in November and lasts until March. About 45 races are being held anually every year. This started as a source of entertainment for ther farmers during off season which is still being continued every year as pride.
Kambala is traditionally a simple sport. The ‘track’ used for Kambala is a paddy field filled with slush. The contest generally takes place between two pairs of buffaloes, controlled by a whip-lashing farmer. In olden days, the winning pair of buffaloes was rewarded with coconuts and a bunch of plantains. However, Kambala today has become an organised,professional sport. People place massive bets on the buffaloes to win and one can witness more than 20,000 spectators in a well-organised Kambala.
We had a chance to be a part of the puttur kambla. Puttur is about 1 hour drive from Mangalore. We stayed in Managlore city and hire a cab to reach Puttur. I shouldn’t forget to quote this about manglore “Well organised city in India. I have seen till now”.
We went to Puttur a bit earlier to the start of the race. There were so many people from near by village coming in trucks with their buffloes to take part in that race.
The practise session started, the owners comes with their buffaloes for registration. An old man cheked the teeths of bulls, by which they catogrise them into senior or junior. Each team is allowed for 2-3 practise run.
The owners hires a jockey for their bulls, the jockeys can run for different team. Howver some of the owners restrist them to their team alone.
The main event started in the afternoon, where 2 team will compete at a time. Who ever finishes the 200 m track willed with water wins the race. This goes on for the entire night till the monday evening when the finals take place. people was buzzing like bees, It was like village festival crowed with 1000s of people.
The Kamabala committe members were happy to see us coming all the way from chennai just for this race. They presented us the red turban as a symbol of respect. Also gave us coupons for tea, snacks and lunch.
Love is the most wonderful of all feelings in this world. It’s Valentine’s Day and what could be a better time to let your dear ones know that you love them. Make them feel…
Love is being stupid together ~ Paul Valery
63rd Indian Republic Day, I had participated twice in Marina Republic Day Parade during my College NCC days. Today I was there as a spectator among thousand of people gathered along the road side of world’s second longest beach. Our Marina.
As usual traffic was blocked from all roads connecting to the main beach road. People and children walking with us to the beach road with their Parade uniforms, national flag made me think of the good olden days.
People with VIP Passes can take the seats along the pavement on the Gandhi status side. General Public can use the pavement on the opposite side, going through a bomb detector gateway.
CAMERAS NOT ALLOWED inside. This is only for a stretch of one Kilometer there the VIPs are seated. So we took the service lane and reached the other side of stage. People from different community, different classes of society have gathered without any difference sitting on the road side eagerly waiting for the show to begin.
This temple is located in “Madhavapuram” in Mayurapuri i.e. in today’s Mylapore. The closest known landmark is the Mundakanniamman temple of Mylapore.