Sunsets through my Lens

‘When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.’ Mahatma Gandhi  Sunrise and sunset are my favorite moments when I am in a solo travel. It relives my stress and allow me to connect spiritually with the mother earth. Here I…

Gurjara Pratihara Temples – Splendid Examples from Osian

In early 8th century CE, Harshavardhana, the Emperor of Kannauj passed away. Harsha was the last among the early rulers of Indian Subcontinent who had beheld the United India, a trend started with the Mauryas in the 3rd century BCE. Now there was a new threat – the Islamic invasion from the west. Within India,…

Jaugada – Beyond Ashokan Edicts

Who does not like listening a good story? Otherwise what is there in a desolate archaeological site, such as Jaugada in Rusikuliya Valley of southern Odisha. In the 3rd Century BCE, it was a flourishing civilisation. Known as Samapa, its prosperity had dragged Ashoka to address its provincial head, Mahamatta and its people on dhamma…

Kalishanath Temple at Kanchipuram – A Gem of Pallava Architecture

A couple of years back I had visited Kalilashnath Temple at Ellora, a monolithic rock-cut wonder and the northern most historical temple of Dravidian style built by the Rashtrakuta King Krishna in the 8th century CE. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, however according to some scholars the temple’s architecture was influenced by Kalishnath Temple at…

Phul Mahal – A Splendour of Thar Desert

If someone asks me to choose a city that showcase all of India’s brightest colours my first preference would be Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan and the cultural capital of Marwar. Jodhpur’s sky is invariably blue and so are its houses and wetlands. Its palaces and havelies are pink and red, and its…

Bijapur’s Nauraspur – The Musical Soul of Deccan

Bhaka nyari nyari bhava ek kaha Turk kaha Barahaman Whether a Turk (Muslim) or a Brahmin with different language – emotion is the same Nouras soor juga joti ani saroguni yusat Sarasati mata Ibrahim parasada bhayi dooni Oh mother Sarasvati! Since you have blessed Ibrahim, his work Navras will last for long Kitab-E-Navras In history…

Mallinath Ji Temple at Bankli – Where Shiva is a Folk God

In India, if you are a foreign tourist seeking knowledge about Hinduism, there are scores of books, both affordable and expensive, yet most of all concentrate on formal Hindu gods and goddesses, such as Shiva, Vishnu and Durga. Yet there is another side of Hinduism that revolves around folk beliefs and folk heroes, who once…