Sabarmati Ashram: The place where MK Gandhi became Mahatma Gandhi

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”

My first impression of Ahmedabad

Hello Ahmedabad !!!!

I had been taking about my 2 month internship in Gujarat in my previous posts. I have finally arrived in Ahmedabad and I am writing this post to share my first impression of this amazing city. I arrived on Wednesday and after 3 days of wandering in the by lanes hopping from one shoddy PG to another, I have finally found a good place to put up. Continue reading “My first impression of Ahmedabad”

The ancient group of monuments at Mamallapuram

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”

Kanchipuram : The heritage city of Temples

Kanchipuram is a very old town and is well known for its temples. The town is believed to be one of the holiest places and is one of the Sapta Puris of Hinduism. Kanchipuram was ruled by the Pallava rulers followed by the Cholas, the Pandyas and the Vijayanagara empire. The town has some major shrines dedicated to the three sects of Hinduism. While the Kamakshi Amman temple is one of the 51 shakti peeths, out of 108 major shrines of Lord Vishnu, 14 are situated in Kanchipuram itself. Continue reading “Kanchipuram : The heritage city of Temples”

Agra Fort: A historical marvel in the shadow of Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is arguably the most beautiful monument in the world and therefore with time has rightly become synonymous with Agra. However, when you visit Agra, there is the Agra fort too, which is an exemplary monument especially for architectural enthusiasts and history lovers. Although the construction of the fort is credited to the Mughals, the history of the fort can be traced back to the 11th century. Continue reading “Agra Fort: A historical marvel in the shadow of Taj Mahal”

11th century Lingaraj temple in the city of Temples

Best time to visit: Nothing in particular, but try to visit early morning or in the evening.

Photography: Not allowed

How to reach: The temple is easily accessible through city bus or auto rickshaws from the Kalpana chowk of Bhubaneswar.

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. Although primarily a Shiva shrine, many vaishnavite traditions are also followed in this temple along with the shaivite traditions. For example, the Shivalinga here is offered Bilvapatra as well as Tulsi leaves (Tulsi leaves is customarily offered to Lord Vishnu). Continue reading “11th century Lingaraj temple in the city of Temples”