Pilgrimage to Mata Vaishnodevi shrine #2: Adhkwari to Bhawan

Trek to Mata Vaishnodevi shrine is an arduous pilgrimage and often tests the endurance of the devotees to its limit. Yet year after year millions of devotees undertake the trek with unflinching devotion for the divine mother. Most devotees divide their journey (at least psychologically) into 2 parts – Ban Ganga to Adhkwari and then Adhkwari to Bhawan. Continue reading “Pilgrimage to Mata Vaishnodevi shrine #2: Adhkwari to Bhawan”

Mata Vaishnodevi shrine at Katra #1: Ban Ganga to Adhkwari

A shivering cold night, mantras played on speakers are wafting in the air accompanied with zealous chants of “ZORR SE BOLO… JAI MATA DI…“, there are horses and mules rushing up and down the tortuous paths and there are enervated people climbing with their walking sticks, panting, struggling to catch a breath yet unwilling to stop. Continue reading “Mata Vaishnodevi shrine at Katra #1: Ban Ganga to Adhkwari”

Photostory : The international temples at Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya, the place where Buddhism took birth, has over time become a truly global spiritual destination with international tourists from all Buddhism practicing nations flocking to Bodh Gaya throughout the year. All major Buddhism practicing nations and all sects of Buddhism have established their own temples at Bodh Gaya to facilitate their visitors. With about 15 countries and sects establishing their monasteries at Bodh Gaya, each with its typical architectural features, Continue reading “Photostory : The international temples at Bodh Gaya”

Photostory: Bokar Monastery near Darjeeling

Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling Monastery is monastic centre where hundreds of Buddhist monks are engaged in studying, practicing and promulgating the teachings of Lord Buddha. It is situated in a small town called Mirik near Darjeeling in West Bengal. Its is an extremely beautiful and colourful monastery. Although tourists flock to the Mirik lake, not many people know about this monastery and hardly anyone visits here. Continue reading “Photostory: Bokar Monastery near Darjeeling”