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.
Gopalpur is a small town in the Ganjam district of Odisha situated by the Bay of Bengal. Gopalpur has gradually transformed into a popular beach destination, thus earning the name of Gopalpur-on-sea. The town is all about the sea and the beach, an idyllic destination for a lazy beach holiday.
Road trips are always interesting, you get to know the geography of the place, you get to see the roads and the directions, you can watch the villages and the towns, you get the opportunity to experience the lifestyle and above all you can stop at any place and breathe in the fresh air and feel the vibe and capture the landscape in your camera and the moment in your memory. This time it is about my road trip to Hampi and back.
Varanasi is an ancient city by the banks of the holy river Ganges, often personified as Ganga or Ganga Maiyan by the Hindus. The origin of this perennial, transboundary river is in Uttrakhand where the water from the melted snow of Gangotri, Satopanth and Khatling glacier along with the water from the snowy peaks of Himalaya joins the course to form the Ganges. Ganga then flows south and finally towards the eastern part of India to meet the Bay of Bengal nourishing lives and providing livelihood to many along its course. And Ganga Aarti is an integral part of the worship of Goddess Ganga.