11th century Lingaraj temple in the city of Temples

Lingaraj Temple

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

Mysore Trip: Watching the illuminated Amba Vilas Palace

Mysore Trip: Watching the illuminated Amba Vilas Palace

It was my third visit to Mysore, the city of Palaces. Mysore is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country and boasts of the sobriquet “The cultural capital of Karnataka“. Unlike most other dynasties and monuments of South India, the monuments of Mysore have escaped the atrocities of Muslim invaders and later the British administration and at its prime was perhaps the most flourishing kingdom of South India after the great empire of Raja Raja Chola. Read more

Madurai trip & visit to the Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Amman temple, Madurai

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

Hampi: The forgotten capital of Vijayanagara

Vithala Temple, Hampi

Hampi, located on the banks of River Tungabhadra was the capital of the Vijayanagara empire from 1343 to 1565. With river Tungabhadra on one side and hills on the other sides, Hampi proved to be an excellent strategic location to serve as the capital. During its prime, Hampi was the second largest and one of the richest cities in the world. Today all that glory lies in ruins and Hampi is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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

Visiting the Third Dham at Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram (DND)

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

Nandi Hills: A paradise of Clouds

nandi hills

Staying in Bangalore and wondering what to do in the weekend? Quite a common thing. Well, there is one option which always presents itself as a strong contender among all the places in your shortlist: NANDI HILLS. You are new to Bangalore, you are on a weekend trip or even if you have been here for years; doesn’t matter. What are you looking for? A breath of fresh air after a hectic week in the office, an early morning refreshment after a long Friday night booze, sunrise, cool weather, a short trek, a tryst with nature, a lesson of history: Nandi Hills has it all. Read more