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Bahubali – the Ego buster

According to the Jain legends, Bahubali’s leaving the arena, even after almost winning the duel, cleanses Bharat’s heart. When Bahubali attains Kevalgyan, Bharat becomes his devotee; he installs a golden statue on the exact spot in the jungles of Paudanpura where Bahubali performed austerities. It is a remarkable colossus of 525 bow-length (a bow length equals three feet and four inches). The colossus stands in a thick jungle inhabited by wild beasts. In the beginning devotees from far and wide throng to visit the statue. As it stands in a difficult terrain, slowly and slowly people stops visiting the place and it goes into oblivion, almost forgotten.

Bahubali Statue at Shravanabelagola

Bahubali Statue at Shravanabelagola


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Bahubali’s Last Obstacle

I wrote in my previous post how Bahubali has sudden change of heart and decides to retire to the solitude of jungle to explore the meaning of life. Deep inside he contemplates, “What should I do next? Should I go to my father who is a Kevalin now and seek his guidance? But, then I need to bow before my other ninety-eight brothers as they are senior to me on this path. I would not like to do so as my brothers are younger to me and in-fact no match as well.” He concludes, “I shall do an arduous tapsaya on my own and attain kevalgyan.”

Bahubali at Shravanabelagola

Bahubali at Shravanabelagola


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Bahubali – the mighty ascetic

The atmosphere is tense. All eyes are on the arena where two well-built masculine brothers are staring at each other with a withering look. Everyone around has an opinion, either in favour or against one of the two. They all are though breathing a sigh of relief as the two brothers agreed for a duel and refrained themselves from engaging into a full-fledged war between their massive and equally equipped armies. Everyone shudders, even now, thinking about the imminent war a couple of hours back, and the prospects of heavy casualty and blood-shed.

Tallest free-standing monolithic statue in the world

Bahubali @Shravanabelagola


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A Walk in the Rain

“Saab, why are you not staying in Shillong? All the tourist like Shillong.”

“No. We want to be in Cherrapunji and Mawphlang only. But do stop at Shillong. We have to buy raincoats.”

The iconic image of Cherrapunji

The iconic image of Cherrapunji

Abdul, the driver of our cab, from Guwahati to Mawphlang, dropped us at Police bazar, in the heart of the city. The heart aka city was pulsating with locals and travellers. We found our way through the congested arteries, winding and climbing up and down, and found a shop to buy raincoats for all of us. Continue reading


The legend of Somnath Temple

Somnath temple has an extremely chequered past. This temple has seen glorious days as well as devastating attacks of brutal iconoclastic invaders. It is believed that after death, soul comes to Somnath for the final judgement and only after His orders enter a new body. Even the Sea God is believed to worship Somnath as is evident by the waves that tries to reach the temple at the time of high tides. At one time, a trip to Somnath was considered the biggest pilgrimage among the devout Hindus.

Somnath temple in background

Somnath temple in background


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Somnath Temple and Sardar Patel

The famous temple of Somnath is situated in western India on the Arabian Sea coast of Gujarat. It is believed that between Antarctica – the South Pole, and the point where current temple is situated, there is no land.
This peninsula was once famously known as Kathiawad after Kathi Durbar rulers who ruled part of this region. At the time of Independence most of Kathiawad was divided into numerous princely states. In 1950, two hundred seventeen of such states were merged to form Saurashtra. In 1956 Saurashtra was merged with Bombay state. Today when bigger states are divided into smaller ones, it is hard to believe that once smaller states were merged to form bigger state.

Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple


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