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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

 

 

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

Few shots from my recent baby shot for Ritvick.

Kids, they are gifted to earth. Its always intresting to watch their expressions and activities, sometimes it even gets difficult to handle them 🙂

Recently did a shot for a family friend of mine, sharing few of them here.
Master. Prasanna, 2.8 years old from Nicobar island.
His creativity is from north pole to south pole and ofcourse a big chatterbox.

The Mahabalipu​ram Shore temple
The Mahabalipu​ram Shore temple

Though Being a Chennaite, staying a bit close, I had never visited the magnificent place. My friend Shivaram arranged a trip with his friends on a week end.

Shore temple at dawn

Shore temple at dawn

Alone I Stand

Our bikes roared through the Chennai East Coast road, we reached by 6.30. But it was late, we couldn’t be there for sun rise. The climate was so cool initially but showed no mercy later 😦 the sky was simply awesome blue with wonderful cloud formations everywhere. It has been a very long time since I have shot under such beautiful sky.

To my surprise the entry fee for shore temple was Rs. 10 and there was no entry for our cameras, however tripods weren’t allowed inside so had to leave them at the counter. Also the same ticket can be used to enter FIVE RATHAS as well. We came to know this from a hawker, selling butter milk. Lucky our friend had those tickets in his pocket.

About Mahabalipuram:

Mahabalipuram (as called today) was variably known as Mallai, Kadal Mallai and Mamallai in ancient history of 6th – 8th Centuary A.D. This was one of the Pallavs ports. A majority of these monuments seems to belong to Narasimha Varma and his successors. Many minor carbings lie scattered in the place shows witness or the pallavas architecture, art & religion patronage.

Alike my last to Gangaikonda Cholapuram, I could see this place is also maintained so neat and clean by the archaeological survey of india.

Butter Ball:
Teh Localites call it as butter ball, where a huge rocks stands still on a slopy hill. Its all the theory of center of gravity 🙂

Butter Ball

Butter Ball

Butter Ball - side view

Thirumurthy temple/cave:

There is a small temple next to it is a small cave like structure known as thiru-murthy, that is Shiva, Brahma abd Vishnu the 3 hindu gods. This place is also called as Bheema’s Adupu (3 stones kept together to balance a vessel for cooking). Bheema being a gaint in hindu mythology, its believed he used these rocks for cooking. I over heard this from a tourist guide explaing about this place.

Thirumurthy temple

Break fast at a road side shop, Not as taste as a usual road side, it as jsut sort of okie.

It was alomost going to be midday and the sun was at its peak. We settled under a shady tree next to a woman selling buttermilk. Its was super cool for such a hot climate. when we ask how mcuh she said 30 bucks, but we had only 5 buttermilk and its only 25 bucks. she said okie then take mangoes for balance. haaaa her intention was to get Rs. 30 form us some how.

Next was the five rathas,

Panch is a Hindi world which means ‘Five’. These fine rock temples are located in a sandy compound. These five Rathas are the perfect examples of the evolution of Dravidian style architecture. There are built in the shaper of pagodas and they look similar to that of the Buddhist shrines and monasteries. Rathas in English means chariots. There chariots are constructed with Towers, The cars of gods, multipillared halls, and sculptured walls which are chissled out minutely.

The Rathas have an association to the great epic Mahabharata which describes the heroes of Mahabharata with their wife Draupadi which is termed as pancha pandava rathas. The five rathas are

(i) Draupadi’s Ratha
(ii) Arjuna’s Rath
(iii) Nakul – Sahadev’s Rath
(iv) Bhima Rath and
(v) Dharamraja Yudhistar’s Rath

Five Rathas

Getting there:

Mahabalipuram is hardly 2 hours drive from chennai alond the ECR road.
From CMBT, Koyembedu: 568C (AC MTC bus) or any bus going to Puducherry, Kalpakkam, Cuddalore or Chidambaram (Look for the “ECR” sticker on the windscreen; these buses aren’t AC but they reach faster)
From T Nagar: 599 (AC MTC bus)
Hop ON Hop Off bus service:
Tamil nadu tourism has recently launch Hop ON Hop Off bus service which starts from tamilnadu tourism office at Walajah Road, Chepauk (near cheapuk cricket stadium). Service starts from 9AM. It cost Rs 250 AC and 24 hrs validity. Advantage of this service is you can get down at any spot along ECR and once you are done, board the next bus with the same ticket. Its worth you can check out diffrent tourist spot along ECR.

Spots to check along East Coast Road:

Mayajaal
MGM dizze world
Dakshin Chitra
Crocodile Bank
Nithya Kalyana Perumal temple
Tiger Cave
Muttukadu Boat house
Cholamandal Artist Village

Few creations from Mahabs:

Mahab, a wider view

A self catch
A self catch

இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!!

அனைவருக்கும் இனிய சர்வதாரி தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!!!!

அன்புடன்,
ஜேசன் படைப்புகள்

Sri Neervana Swamy Temple, Thiruneermalai, Pallavaram, Chennai

Thiruneermalai:
Thiruneermalai is a panchayat town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Its about 8 kms from Pallavaram Bus stop. The temple at the top of the hill is famous for filming.

The temple:
The base Temple is dedicated to Lord Rama also known as Neervanan in a standing posture and the temple up the hill has four shrines for Lord Ranganatha (Kidanthaan – in reclining posture), Animamalarmangai Thayaar, Trivikrama (Nadanthaan – in standing posture) and Lord Narasimha (Irundhaan – sitting posture). It is a double prakaram temple. The Garuda shrine faces the Lord. The view from the top of the hill is wonderful.

Legend:
The legend is that when Valmiki prayed to Lord Ranganatha and Goddess Ranganayaki in the base temple, they took the form of Lord Rama and Sita, Sesha, Conch, Chakra as Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatruguna and Garuda as Hanuman. Sage Valmiki could view Lord Ranganatha, Lord Trivikrama and Lord Narasimha in the top temple.

Getting there:
Its hardly 15-20 mins drive from pallavaram or you could board M55A which starts from Broadway and goes through Thiruneermalai till Pazhanthandalam.

In & around Thiruneermalai:

Your life is a piece of clay, dont let anyone else mold it for you.

Pottery and faming seems to be the main works of people there, but its vanishing slowly and very few familys are involved in this told this gentlemen, who closed the business for the day to visit his new born grand daughter. But he himslef came forward and did 2 pot for us to click. hats off to him.

Temple Tank @ Thiruneermalai

Temple at the base of hill

Mandapam at the entrance

Temple Entrance to climb the hill

Temple Entrance to climb the hill

Entrance of Main temple

Entrance of Main temple

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it ~ Jean de La Fontaine

Whats fun for us..... is life for others.

Supermoons and elections doesnt come every fortnight.

Supermoons and elections doesnt come every fortnight.

Its the orbital mechanics that brings the moon closer to Earth than that it has been in more than 18 years, the biggest full moon occured on March 19th 2011, Saturday. It was as much as 14% wider and 30% brighter than lesser full Moons.

Its wasnt visbile completely everywhere due to bad weather, But we Indians we lucky enough to enjoy the Super moon.

I tried to shot, but ended up in nothing with my 18-55 mm lens, after a couple of days got a chance to use canon 70-300 mm lens of my friend. This time I didn’t want to miss the chance but it had already melted half way.

Tamil Nadu State Election:

On April 13 2011, people of tamil nadu has the “right to vote” for a canditate of their choice. Each one has their own reason to chose a party/canditate.

What may…what go…
Do not miss the chance to exercise your franchise