The melodies of a distant shenai are wafting in the air, I hear the drumbeats. I lift my head and I see a large maroon flag sweeping the blue sky. It’s striking, splendid; connoting majesty !!! There is a bustle around me, a sense of urgency, people are rushing in a direction. I join them. As I walk ahead, the drumbeats and the shenai melodies are getting more intense; now I hear the rhythmic beating of the cymbals and people clapping to match the tunes. I am standing at the far end of a queue that passes through a small entrance. I lift my head, raise on my toes and my eyes try to locate what’s at the end. I see a black diety in all its splendor. Read more
Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar is one of the oldest known Shiva temples in India. The word Lingaraj translates to King of Lingas. Here Lord Shiva is worshiped as Harihara and Tribhuvaneshwara. Read more
Madurai situated on the banks of river Vaigai is one of the oldest cities of India. Hindu mythology has legends mentioning this place in events that happened millions of years ago. Madurai is believed to be the site of the celestial wedding of Lord Shiva and Tadaatagai (an incarnation of Goddess Parvati). An annual 10 day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival is observed during April and May to celebrate the wedding, which attracts over 1 million visitors. Read more
After spending 3 days in Uttarakhand and visiting Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dera Dun and Mussoorie it was time for us to head to New Delhi and then back home. What a trip it had been.. But its over now.. Back to mundane life 🙁 Ohh wait.. Over? Really?? From this end starts the story of another voyage and the best one of my life till that point.
In the evening after returning from Mussoorie I and my friend were standing in a bus bay at the Haridwar bus stop to inquire about the timings of buses to New Delhi. Suddenly my eyes fell on a bus with the board BADRINATH. Read more
India is a land of age old cultures and traditions and as an Indian, I feel proud of our ancient culture. The artistry of ancient temples and forts have always allured me more than visiting hill stations and beaches. As an ardent follower and explorer of Hinduism, I love travelling to famous temples, exploring the legends and folktales these monuments have beholden for centuries. Read more