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“There is nothing better than a friend”

Happy Friendship day 🙂

“Friends” ~ from the streets of Varanasi

 

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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.

Incredible Indeed.

I stepped at Kasi…..

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 🙂

A Scene from Ganga aarthi

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

Saint at the Ghat

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.

Streets of Kasi

It is a beggar's pride that he is not a thief

Kasi as seen from Ganga

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:

The END

The end or a new begining

A Scene from Manikarnika ghat:

Manikarnika Ghat

Busy streets round the clock

A scene from ganga arthi

Early morning at the river bank

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.

Morning routine

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.

Mark Antony (a) Mari Muthu

Below is another common scene from the holy place.

Faith! Hope!

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.

Hot!

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.

Streets active throughout the day

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.

Welcome to Kambala

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.

An old Shiv temple in Puttur, Karnataka

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.

Crowd entertainers

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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.

Kambala committee member

Beware

Ready for our turn

Entering the race track

Just started

Practise session in progress

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.

Kambala rider refreshes after a practise session

Nothing but muscles

Taller and sharper

A junior team in practise session

Oh my god

I win - You lose

Bulls out of control while entering the race track

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.

Bulls went out of control and broke the median

The owner trying to bring them under control

Prasanna with the turban

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.

Red turban as a symbol of respect

Speed

Lunch and tea tokens for us

Getting ready to start

Waiting for the start

At the starting point

We fly

The urge to win

Thsi old man checks the bulls before they enter the race

Teeth being checked

Registration in process

Proud owner entering the race

Entry pass

Owners being gifted a shawl

Go go go

175 mts

Faster Faster

Their speed breaks the silence

Crowed at the finish point

Lost the race

Lolly

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… 

Nothing is as beautiful as being "Together"

 Love is being stupid together ~ Paul Valery

முப்பொழுதும் உன் கற்பனைகள்

Friends ForeverLove is not singular except in syllable

Love is not singular except in syllable

 

 

This temple is located in “Madhavapuram” in Mayurapuri i.e. in today’s Mylapore. The closest known landmark is the Mundakanniamman temple of Mylapore. 

 
 According to Mayurapuri mahadhmiyam in the Brahmandapuranam, when sage Vyasa requested the Lord to show him the holiest of places where he could do penance, he pointed out to Madhavapuram (Mylapore) where sage Bhrigu had earlier set up a hermitage and did penance. The Lord is hailed as Kalyana Madhavan as he married Goddess Amritavalli, who was born as Sage Bhrigu’s daughter here.
 
 
 
 
Peyazhwar, the last of the three saintly men hailed as “Mudhalazhwargal,” was born in a 60-feet deep well known as Manikairavam, to the south-east of the temple.
 
 
 
 
 
This temple is specially known for:
 
Taking a dip in “Santhana Pushkarini: on masi makam is considered very holy.Amrithavalli thayar’s Thirukkalyanam with the Lord is celebrated on the Panguni Uthiram day. Peyalwar avatara is celebrated during the Tamil month of Aipasi in this temple.This temple is known for prayers offered to lord with respect to marriage and child boon.
 
 
Getting there:
 
This place is very near to Luz corner and Light House/All India Radio.  
From  luz corner take kutchery road towards santhome and turn left at Mundakanniamman temple arch. Once you reach Mundakanniamman temple, you can see the entrance arch of Madahava perumal temple quite nearby.
 
From Light House/All India Radio, take the road adjacent to AIR (opp tomahindra showroom. At the end of the road take a left and immediate right leads to the temple entrance.

A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase.  ~ Author Unknown

Few shots from my recent baby shot for Ritvick.

Good or Bad, Your thinking makes it so...

Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.
A shot from my recent trip.

My First Hero
My First Hero… Dad
He was the one, who showed me the world outside.

Every time I get a reason to travel and this time it happened to be my friend’s wedding at a typical rural village, down south in the district of Pudhukottai.

We started from Chennai on friday night on road, talking the gateway of south “NH45”. It was a late start due to a fellow pal, who got stuck at his work place. By that time all hotels were closed and bit of heavy rain welcomed us. Atlast we found a road side dhaba, which made us mouth water for the smell of egg porata. Atlast dinner was done. I asked the waiter, which place is this. To Our surprise he replied “Chenagalpet by-pass road”. OMG still we havent crossed Chenagalpet.

At was all fun with incidents from college days pulling each other. We were at pudhukottai the next day morning, which is about 45-50 km from the rock city, Trichy.

Started from our room around 10:30 am after breakfast. With the  information we had about places around, we headed to Chittanavasal, rock cut Jain temple.

Rock Cut cave, Jain temple @ Chittanavasal, Pudhukotai Dist

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Don’t ask me if have got a new wide-angle 🙂

This was my first click of the trip and this happened to be my best ever pano.  I JUST LOVED IT.

Chittanavasal, maintained by “Archaeology Survey Of India”, with an entry fee of Rs 5. Though it resembled like the small hill at Gingee, this has its own specialities.

ASI Entry Ticket

Stairs to climb the hill

Speciality of Chittanavasal:
 
It is said, after Ajanta & Ellora cave paintings, one can see the same sort of painting here in the Jain cave temple, which was built-in 7 AD. It was absolutely stunning to see the creation. Again a uniqeness is, these are not wall paintings. Painting on ceiling of the cave temple. these painting tell stories of ancient times.
 
Girl Picking flowers with basket, So man has invented basket much earlier. 2 Yogis of different colors, showing color discrimination. elephant taming, bison, buffalo, crocodile, frightened bird, their expressions shown so naturally and so on….
 

Temple with paintings

Way at the top of the hill

It’s a small temple of 25×25 ft only, of which the painting occupies the front corridor and a small room of about 10×10 ft.  Again this was mind-blowing!
 
WHY? keep reading
 
The person in charge of issuing tickets, can forward and explained us about it. He told us understand the beauty and spirituality of the place, so that you will enjoy it. if you just see them as cave. It’s just a cave.
 
He told us to stand in the corridor and went inside and said “OMMM”. Oh my Goddddddddddd… We could heard the echo for next 15-20 sec. Its  just a cut in middle of the mountain. How could have they designed!
 
I came out with so many questions in mind. Painting on a wall is possible, but how come on ceiling with some colored juice from fruits and vegetables using feathers, that too without electricity.
 
 
History of Chittanavasal:
Rock Cut Jaina Temple also called as Arivar kovil was excavated in early Paindias period in 7th Centruy AD. Facing west, It has an outside corridor and a small room inside. The rear wall consist of the room has relief figures of Jaina Tirthankaras in  sitting posture and side walls with relief figures of Parvasantha and Jaina Acaryas.

The front corridor was decorated with Mural paintings made of vegetable colors, depicting a Lotus tank with realistic figures of men, animals, flowers, fish etc. It recalls the “SAMAVASARNA” faith in Jainism. The Pillars have the dance girls.

Resembles Great Wall Of China PathwayEnd of pathway at the mount of hill

There wasn’t anything at the top of the hill, however there is a pathway made in recent times which gives a view of places around. The path way built resembles to be like the Great wall of China 🙂 🙂

To attract kids and raise the source of income, they have built an artificial lake like water body for pedal boats and parks for kids to play around.

Next our journey started towards kudumiyanmalai, about 15 kms from here.

Kudumiyanmalai:

Shikhagireeshwarar Temple

About the Temple:

An ancient Shiv temple about 50 kms from Tiruchy, under the maintenance of “Archaeology Survey Of India” (ASI). The presiding deities of are Shikhagireeshwarar and akhilAnDEshwari. Usually places under control of ASI will be so neat and clean but this place wasn’t. Probably because of the renovation works going on.

The pillars in the outer corridor have huge sculptures of Hanuman, some of the avatArs of Vishnu. The pillars in the inner corridor has sculptures of Shiva, Parvati, Vinayaka, Muruga, Shiva in Urdhvatandava, Narasimha.

The Outside corridor of the temple has a big mandapam, which has 645 pillars, However its popularly known as aiyaram (1000) kal mandapam.

Mandapam

Side view of a part of mandapam

This was initially built by The Cholas and later outer corridors were architecturally expanded by the Pandyas and the Vijayanagara emperors.

History Of Kudumiyanmalai:

Before this place was called Kudumiyanmalai, its name was Thirunalankunram.

Nandhi

Legend goes that the king used to visit the temple everyday in the evening and it was customary for the priest to give the prasad to the king after the evening pUja. One evening, it was getting late and King Sundarapandian had still not come. Since the closing time of the temple was nearing, the priest gave the prasad to the dasis who danced everyday at the temple. Seeing the king enter the temple just as the dasis were leaving, the priest got worried and took the flowers from the dasis who had already worn it on their hair and gave it to the king. Seeing a strand of hair on the flower, the king became suspicious and questioned the priest about the presence of hair in the flowers. Overcome by fear, the priest lied that it was from Lord Shiva’s head. Angered by the priest’s reply, the king locked him inside the temple, telling him that he would come the next day and check if the Lord did really have hair. Worried, the priest prayed to the Lord.

The next day when the king came, there was indeed a kudumi/shikha (tuft) on the Shiva linga! Becoming suspicious, the king tried to pull it from the Shiva linga, only to see blood coming from the lingam! That’s how the Shiva here got the name Shikhagishwarar & the place got the name, Kudumiyanmalai.

Ancient scripting on the walls

since it was after noon and the temple was totally emplty, the person incharge had an eye on us and restricted us from clicking 😦

Hill next to the temple:

There is hill behind the temple, where you can spot a small temple at the top. It didn’t have proper stairs to climb. However it was easy to climb as mentioned by the temple incharge. Our friends were tired and decided to stay in teh car, but I didnt want to missed the view of the dusk from hill top. Two of us decided to go ahead and it was worth it.

Pano view from hill top

 

Murugar Temple on the top

Back to Pudhukottai exactly at intro song of Mankatha movie @ vijay theatre, though I am not die hard fan of the ultimate star “AJITH” this was ultimate indeed. I ENJOYED IT 🙂

Friends wedding the next day morning. Back to Chennai!

Back to chennai without a sip of Jigarthanda, not at all. We went all the way into Trichy city without taking the by-pass road. That made our trip 🙂 My friends didn’t know about the famous “vechu”, a diffrent form of porata. Why to come back home half heart. Letz taste that toooooo.

What else do we need to end our trip when the climate is so chill.Hotttt vechu with mutton gravy at 7 PM in a road side dhaba.

Few Works From the trip:

 

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