A family on the road to self discovery
 

Sacred Groves of Meghalaya

Redefine green.

Redefine green.

“Mumma! Can we take this Basket to our home and plant it there? It will not take much space and we will play ‘basket leaf’ there.”

“No dear. It is a sacred forest. You are not allowed to take anything outside; not even a dried twig, not a single dried leaf,nothing at all that belongs to this forest. But you can play for some more time.”
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The Moroccan Girl

Smartly dressed beautiful air-hostess was bubbling with energy. It was eleven pm flight. Her pleasant merriness was conspicuous. A smile on an air-hostess’ face is a must, however at such odd hours frailties of human bodies start to take precedence, the smiling facade disappears as soon as the eye contact is lost. Nothing to complain! Every job has its own weird demands and we all are human beings. This was not the case with her, she seemed to be really happy to be on that flight.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways


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Thousand Petaled Lotus in Ranakpur Temple

“Come said the muse,
sing me a song no poet has yet chanted,
Sing me the universal.

In this broad earth of ours,
Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
Nestles the seed of perfection.

By every life a share or more or less,
None born but it is born, conceal’d or unconcealed the seed is.”

Walt Whitman

Lotus – the principal seat of many Jain, Hindu and Buddhist deities.

Lotus in Varkala, Kerala

Lotus in Varkala, Kerala


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The story of Lord Parshvanatha

In the previous article, I have not talked about the fourth plaque in the temple of Ranakpur as I wanted to share the story of Lord Parshvanath with a discussion on the plaque. Among the twenty-four Jain Tirthankaras, the historians agree that the Lord Parshvanath and the Lord Mahaveer are the two with real historical evidences. Lord Parshvanath is believed to have preceded Mahaveer by about two-hundred and fifty years. At the time of Lord Mahaveer there was a line of Lord Parshvanth’s spiritual followers led by Muni Keshi Kumar. It is documented in Jain books that Muni Keshi Kumar met Gandhar Gautam, the chief disciple of Lord Mahaveer and they had discussions on the spiritual quest and differences between the two set of followers. The answers of Muni Gandhar Gautam convinced Muni Keshi Kumar and he accepted Lord Mahaveer as twenty-fourth Tirthankara and the two groups merged.

A window in Ranakpur Temple

A window in Ranakpur Temple


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Radiant Ranakpur

Pagliaji of Lord Adinath

Pagliaji of Lord Adinath

After entering inside the temple we start moving towards the north. There is a four hundred year old Rayan tree(Manilkara hexandra), under which are the pagalia(idol of Bhagwan’s footprint) of Lord Adinath. Rayan is an evergreen tree native to India, which is used for many medicinal purposes in Ayurveda. It is believed that Bhagwan Adinath gave his first sermon under a Rayan tree.
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Ranakpur Jain Temple – A Hidden Gem of Rajasthan

“I know of no other building in India, of the same class, that leaves so pleasing an impression or affords so many hints for the graceful arrangement of columns in an interior. The torans, ornate multi-foliated arches joining these pillars are carved with most exquisite details and have been indulgently chiseled in marvelous perfection.” – James Fergusson, a Sottish architectural historian famous for his interest in Indian historical architectures, wrote about Rankapur in his book “History of Indian art and Indian Architecture”.

Ranakpur Temple

Ranakpur Temple


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