An evening at the Golden Temple in Amritsar

Golden Temple Amritsar

Serene, Serving and Scintillating – three adjectives that capture the essence of an evening at Harmandir Sahib, more popularly known as the Golden Temple of Amritsar. Its hard to imagine anything more beautiful than the coruscating Harmandir Sahib under the night sky; a view that can rival the iconic Taj Mahal in visual delight. Read more

Mahabodhi Temple : Tracing the roots of Buddhism

Bodh Gaya

Buddhism, one of the prominent religions of Asia traces its origins to Bodh Gaya. The place where Prince Siddhartha became Lord Buddha. The place that preached the world about virtues of peace and nonviolence; about benevolence and the subtle art of dharma. Situated in Bihar, a state much despised for being unruly and rowdy, Bodh Gaya seems like an oasis in the desert. Bodh Gaya dotted with numerous monasteries has a tranquil, spiritual environment much in contrast to some other places in the state. Read more

Mukhteshwara & Raja Rani temple at Bhubaneswar

Mukhteshwara Temple

Mukhteshwara (Lord of Freedom) temple, often called the “Gem of Odisha culture” is a 10th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mukhteshwar temple has a typical Kalinga architecture featuring a Mukhasala, a Jagamohana and the Vimana. Mukhteshwara temple, though a dwarf, when compared in size to other temples built during that golden epoch of 300 years like the humongous Lingaraj temple or the Jagannath temple at Puri, is no short in sculptural magnificence.  Read more

Baba Mandir: A saga of duty beyond death

Baba Harbhajan Singh temple

Indian Army stands as an epitome of adherence to duties. The story affiliates to a Major of Indian Army who has not been delinquent in his duty to safeguard the Indian border even after his death. As bizarre as it sounds, it is a tale testified and recognized by none less than the Indian army itself. In Sikkim, along the Indo-China border, there is a temple dedicated to a dead soldier who is believed to be patrolling the border even after his death. Read more

Bullet Baba temple: Legend of Om Banna and the bike deity

Bullet Baba temple

India is a land of plurality – diverse views, opinions and beliefs. However, sometimes these beliefs transcend the precinct of rationality and infiltrate into space where it becomes superstition. For those who believe, he is God and the place a temple; for the rest, everything is a fantasy. Read more

Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer

Dargah Sharif

Dargah Sharif situated in Ajmer, Rajasthan is the mausoleum of Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (RA); perhaps the most prominent Sufi saint who resided here in the 12th century. Moinuddin Chisti is more popularly known as Garib Nawaz and people from all religions flock to this shrine throughout the year to pay homage and seek his blessings. Read more

Gomateshwara Bahubali: The largest monolithic statue

Gomateshwara Bahubali

Bahubali- The Telugu blockbuster of 2015. Bahubali became a household name in India after the massive success that the movie achieved  smashing the record books with a collection in an excess of 300 Crore. Everyone loved the story and plot of the movie but few were aware of the allusion it had to the life of the real Bahubali- Gomateshwara Bahubali. Read more

Puttaparthi: Spiritual Abode of Shri Satya Sai

Puttaparthi

Puttaparthi is a small town in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh and is the birthplace of Shri Satya Sai Baba which makes it a pilgrimage for the believers of Sai Baba. Apart from the ashram, Puttaparthi also has education centres and a super specialty hospital. Read more

Exploring Haridwar: A quest of divine bliss

Haridwar

Haridwar, associated with both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, is one of the seven holiest places in Hinduism. It is one of the four places to host Kumbh Mela which witnesses around 10 crore people making it the largest religious congregation in the world. Pilgrims and tourists visit Haridwar throughout the year to take a dip in the holy Ganges which is believed to alleviate sufferings and wash away sins. Haridwar is generally the starting point of several spiritual voyages like the Chota Char Dham Yatra, Kailash Mansarovar yatra, etc. Read more