Hampi is fascinating… the vast uneven landscape with mounds of boulders magically stacked in strange order some defying gravity while others creating imaginative shapes – I wonder in awe. The luscious Tungabhadra meanders through this rocky terrain to add a dash of blue in this semi-arid yet scattered green vista – I admire the scene. This abundant river not only beautifies the area but also nurtures life and enriches the avifaunal life – I watch them with great contentment.
Puri, the temple town of Odisha is well known for the famous Jagannath Temple and the Ratha Yatra. It is also a well-known beach destination in the Eastern part of India and any popular beach is a place for amusement so Puri is a complete package starting with devotion and ending in recreation. Thus Puri is an immensely favoured all season destination.
Any flowing water body which encounters a vertical drop or a series of drops is known as a waterfall. This sudden drop in course of its flow adds a rustic charm to the view. It has an aesthetic beauty that arouses every sense – the scene is pleasing to the eyes, the sound of the gushing water plays music to the ears, the plunge spreads an earthy smell of freshness, the sweet water quenches thirst and the mist around the plunge soothes the body and soul. Here I write about one such beautiful and famous waterfall that has also been the backdrop of many movie sequences – the Athirappilly Waterfalls.
The Sharodiya Durgotsav or the Durga Puja is the major and a grand festival of the Bengalis. In true sense, this magnificent festival is beyond any limit. It is a festival beyond any regionality, any ethnicity, any religious discrimination, any economical difference, any age, any orthodox tradition… it is beyond anything and everything. It is a festival beyond a festival… it is an emotion, a fever and a celebration of life.
Sarnath is a world-famous historical site known for the ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’. This is the place where Gautama Buddha after attaining enlightenment gave his first sermon called the ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’. He preached ‘Dhamma’ to his five former companions who later turned into his disciples. The Four Noble Truths of the Sutta formed the basis of the ideology of Buddhism. From here onwards did Buddhism spread across the world.
Neelakurinji – The Flower of Once in a Blue Moon Fame.
Neelakurinji, the flower of the year and the flower of the season is the talk of the town now, as it has already painted the Nilgiri hills in blue. After the grand show for a couple of months, it is supposed to vanish in the air to be back again after a long wait of twelve years. So this is the flower which blooms once in a blue moon.
Lord Ganesha leaves for his heavenly abode today leaving his divine blessings on us. The ‘Visarjan” (immersion of the idol in the waters) marks the end of the ten days long Ganesh Utsav. It begins on the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi, the fourth day of the waxing moon phase that is the ‘Chaturthi of the Shukla Paksha’ in the month of Bhadrapada of the Hindu calendar – the day of worship of Lord Ganesh. The festival can also be seen as the herald of Hindu festivities.