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Category Archives: Monuments

Parsis in the Matheran Memory

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Matheran Musings

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Matheran MusingsThe long shadows of the evening and morning is not the only time when trees of Matheran provide shade to the seeking souls. The abundance of trees, their tall stature and ever-branching canopy casts spell binding shades even in noon and afternoon. The absence of vehicular traffic means no hindrance of any kind to the eye and ear and no holding of hands for kids. That sets Matheran as […]

The Ancient temple of Someshwar Mahadev in Ulsoor

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Ulsoor Heritage Walk

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Ulsoor Heritage WalkThe parichay heritage walks organized by INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) in Bengaluru sells like hot cake. Most of the times even before I get an opportunity to read the mails sent by them, I see another mail in my inbox informing of registration being closed. Also, Jaishree was complaining for long that her shift to the IT city has curbed her freedom, thanks […]

Caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri – a guided tour with the Emperor Kharavela

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Odisha Odyssey

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Odisha OdysseyI see a young woman (young! well if the adjective does not reflect her age, it definitely reflects her spirit and desire to know more) completely lost while visiting my offering to the world – the famous cave complex of Udayagiri and Khandagiri. This cave complex is situated around six kilometer west of Bhubaneswar. I live here, this is my abode. I pass my time, observing tourists visiting the […]

Buddhist cave complex and the Step-wells of the Junagarh Fort

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Gujarat Reverie

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Gujarat ReverieWe descended out of Ranakdevi’s palace on an eastward slope leading towards Adi-Kadi Vav and reached an old Buddhist cave complex on the way. These caves were dug into a hillside in second century and were used by the Buddhist monks for meditation. The cave complex contains exquisitely carved pillars, entrances almost of the size of the modern doors, windows, assembly hall, and cells for meditation; it should be […]

Lofty Shravanabelagola

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Shravanabelagola Quest

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Shravanabelagola QuestShravanabelagola is a small town, with a population of less than five thousand people, in Hassan District of Karnataka. It is situated around one hundred and fifty-eight kilometer from Bangalore and is around eighty-two kilometer from Mysore. It is sandwiched between two rocky hills – Chandragiri (around 3000 feet) and Vindhyagiri (around 3250 feet). The monolith of Bahubali is on top of the higher hill – Vindhyagiri, however the […]

Bahubali’s Last Obstacle

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Shravanabelagola Quest

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Shravanabelagola QuestI 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 […]