Sounds of conch shells in Ganga Aarti at Varanasi

Sounds of conch shells in Ganga Aarti at Varanasi

Ganga Aarti is performed by young priests who are pursuing their vedas and upanishads, Devotees gather around the Dias to watch the holy event, Aarti will be offered to river ganga amid chanting mantras. Young Priests will make the sounds using conch shells, 7 priests will be offering Aarti to Holy river ganga by standing on the specially decorated Dias, The whole process will be performed in Rhythm with a unique dress code. Ganga Aarti will be performed with a seven layered camphor lighting.

Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city's winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

Ganga Aarti at Varanasi

Ganga Aarti at Varanasi

Ganga Aarti is performed by young priests who are pursuing their vedas and upanishads, Devotees gather around the Dias to watch the holy event, Aarti will be offered to river ganga amid chanting mantras. Young Priests will make the sounds using conch shells, 7 priests will be offering Aarti to Holy river ganga by standing on the specially decorated Dias, The whole process will be performed in Rhythm with a unique dress code. Ganga Aarti will be performed with a seven layered camphor lighting.

Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city's winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

Saffron Flags flying high over Varanasi boats

Saffron Flags flying high over Varanasi boats

The orange (dark saffron) in the flag stands for courage & sacrifice.The Hindus belief, orange represents the “sacral chakra”. Chakra is a concept originating in Hindu texts, featured in tantric traditions of Hinduism.

Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city's winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

Ugra Narasimha Temple

Ugra Narasimha Temple

The Lakshmi Narasimha statue is one of the most imposing sculptures found in the ruined town of Hampi. The speciality of the sculpture is that it is the largest monolith statue in Hampi. The statue is located on the southern side of the Hemakuta group of temples that stand on the Hemakuta Hill.

This gigantic stone structure is considered to be among the most important monuments found in Hampi. It is a major tourist attraction and is visited by a large number of people throughout the year.

The Lakshmi Narasimha statue and the temple housing the statue were built in the year 1528 A.D. It was constructed during the rule of Krishnadevaraya, one of the greatest rulers of the Vijayanagara Empire. The temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha, one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, and Goddess Lakshmi. As such, the temple is known as the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple.

The original sculpture had a small figure of Goddess Lakshmi, consort of Narasimha, sitting on his lap. The gigantic statue was vandalized and mutilated in 1565 A.D. during the raid by the Mughals that led to the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire.

The limbs of Narasimha’s statue were broken during the attack. The figure of Lakshmi was separated from that of Narasimha. In the process of destruction, one of the hands of Goddess Lakshmi was broken and even today the broken hand of the Goddess can be seen resting on the back of Narasimha.

Achyutaraya Temple at Hampi

Achyutaraya Temple at Hampi

The Achyuta Raya Temple is in Hampi. It was built in 1534 AD. It is one of the major, splendid and awe-inspiring temples of Hampi located between the Matanga hills and Gandhamadana. This magnificent temple depicts Vijayanagara architecture style of temples in its best and most improved form. This was among the last dazzling temples that were constructed in the celebrated city of Hampi prior to the decline of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Reflections on Hill near Virupaksha Temple

Reflections on Hill near Virupaksha Temple

The Virupaksha Temple in Hampi is dedicated to lord Shiva. The distance from Bangalore to Hampi is about 350 km. Hampi is a temple town in South India and is acknowledged as one of the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO. Virupaksha Temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. This temple was constructed in Lakkana Dandesha’s assistance who was a commander under King Deva Raya II.

Hampi is on the embankment of River Tungabhadra. The predominant centre of pilgrimage in Hampi is this esteemed temple. It is the holiest and sacred retreat.

The Virupaksha temple has survived through the years and never ceases to prosper. It is still pristine amidst the ruins that surround it. It attracts large groups of people in the month of December. The yearly chariot festival is conducted in the month of February.

Queen’s Bath, Hampi An Ornate Structure at Hampi

Queen’s Bath, Hampi An Ornate Structure at Hampi

The Queen’s Bath in Hampi is a colossal bath that exemplifies the architectural excellence prevalent during the days of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is located close to the entrance of the Royal Enclosure in Hampi.

Constructed during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire, the Queen’s Bath impresses visitors even today, more than 500 years after it was built.

Hidden from civilization, an incredibly green heaven on earth

Hidden from civilization, an incredibly green heaven on earth

Shnongpdeng,Umngot River, Meghalaya’s Unexplored Paradise

The Umngot itself is a prime fishing spot for fishermen from nearby areas.

A paradise in the hills if ever there was one I went off the beaten track to discover a little known gem. This was the river Umngot, possibly India’s cleanest river.

Umngot flows through Dawki, a small but busy town in the East Jaintia Hills district near the Indo-Bangladesh border.

Three busy fisherman on River Umgot

Three busy fisherman on River Umgot

Umngot River, Meghalaya’s Unexplored Paradise

The Umngot itself is a prime fishing spot for fishermen from nearby areas.

A paradise in the hills if ever there was one I went off the beaten track to discover a little known gem. This was the river Umngot, possibly India’s cleanest river.

Umngot flows through Dawki, a small but busy town in the East Jaintia Hills district near the Indo-Bangladesh border. 

Fire in the sky at sunrise in Mawlynnong

Fire in the sky at sunrise in Mawlynnong

The cleanest village in India, Mawlynnong Village is also known as God’s Own Garden and for all the right reasons. In 2003, Mawlynnong was awarded the title of the cleanest Village in Asia by Discover India. Alongside cleanliness, the village have achieved a lot- be it 100 percent literacy rate.