After wasting the first Saturday doing nothing, I was determined to make the most of the Sunday. I pondered on the place from where I would start my exploration of Gujarat and soon, Sabarmati ashram became the obvious choice. Google searches and reading few blogs suggested the time just before sunset to be ideal. I booked an OLA auto and reached Sabarmati ashram around 4:15 PM. Continue reading “Sabarmati Ashram: The place where MK Gandhi became Mahatma Gandhi”
Mamallapuram, earlier known as Mahabalipuram, is an ancient coastal town about 60 km off Chennai along the Coromandel coast. Mahabalipuram is famous for its group of monuments and features in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. The monuments were built during the Pallava dynasty around the 7th and 8th century. Continue reading “The ancient group of monuments at Mamallapuram”
In India lotus is often associated with knowledge and the word Nalanda translates to “Giver of Lotus stalks“. At its prime Nalanda University was one of the best centres of excellence and attracted students from as far as China, Mongolia and Persia. Nalanda University was established in 5th century by the Gupta dynasty rulers with subsequent additions by the rulers of Kanauj and the Pala dynasty of Bengal. Continue reading “The Excavation site of ancient Nalanda University”
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. Continue reading “Mukhteshwara & Raja Rani temple at Bhubaneswar”
I am back with my first post of 2017. I wish you had a great start to the new year and welcomed it by enjoying to the fullest. My first destination of 2017 is a ruined 12th century temple in Puri district of Odisha – The sun temple of Konark.
Konark Temple is an eerie place to visit. For some, its nothing more than a ruined temple while for those with an artistic insight, its a thing of beauty, a subtle combination of science, art and spirituality. Built in 1255 by the Ganga dynasty rulers, the temple had stood firm at its place for about eight centuries and what remains today is only a glimpse of the magnificent workmanship of the sculptures of the bygone years. No one has appreciated its beauty; neither the Europeans who desecrated it nor the democratic governments that followed. Continue reading “Konark: The Black Pagoda in Odisha”
A broken heart is an inexplicable dingus. An oojah that has propelled people to conquer what seemed unfathomable. From the broken heart of an emperor emanated a desire – a desire to built a final resting place for his love. A desire to construct a monument of unparalleled beauty in annals the history. Taj Mahal is the outcome of that desire; a tomb of profound love, a testimony to the mere existence of love. Continue reading “Taj Mahal : An elegy in white marble”