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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Jhansi Rani Lakshmi Bai: Manikarnika: Through Murals at her Memorial

A brief history of Jhansi Rani Lakshmi Bai, Manikarnika, through the murals of her memorial at Varanasi, pictures from the Varanasi visit of November 2018:


Road leading to the Jhansi Rani Lakshmi Bai Memorial near Assi Ghat, Varanasi


Entrance of the memorial...


Details about the memorial and about Rani Lakshmi Bai:



The majestic statue of the Queen of Jhansi:



Manikarnika, being cared by her parents, Moropant and Bhagirathi Bai:


Manikarnika playing on the banks of river Ganga at the Ghats of Varanasi:


Moropant moves to Bithoor with little daughter Manikarnika after his wife passes away:


Manikarnika gets special affection and attention from Peshwa Bajirao II and gets to learn the art of warfare from Tatya Tope and others:


Manikarnika marries Gangadhar Rao, King of Jhansi, and becomes Lakshmi Bai:


King Gangadhar Rao and Queen Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi:


Gangadhar Rao and Lakshmi Bai adopt Damodar Rao as the heir to the Jhansi throne:


The death of king Gangadhar Rao leaves Lakshmi Bai in deep sorrow:


The British deny access to the Jhansi throne for Damodar Rao, citing "Doctrine of Lapse", and attempt to annexe the kingdom themselves:


The Great Queen Lakshmi Bai fights multiple battles against the British and attains immortality through her bravery and martyrdom in the first war of Indian independence:



Saturday, 19 January 2019

A Trip to Adi Badri and Sarasvati Udgam Sthal, Haryana

A detailed write up will follow, but here are some pictures from Adi Badri, Haryana, from a visit in October 2018.

This place is home to ancient Badrinath Vishnu and Kedarnath Shiva temples, as well as the place believed to be the birth place of River Sarasvati.

Some clicks of the picturesque Adi Badri Pond:





The green-filled path leading to Sarasvati Udgam Sthal:





Sarasvati trickles through and falls on the Shiva Linga placed  here:



The Somb River, a tributary of Yamuna that flows through Adi Badri, is believed to trace the same course as the River Sarasvati of the Vedic times:



Beautiful crape jasmine (ಕನ್ನಡ: ನಂದಿಬಟ್ಟಲು) flowering at the feet of Sarasvati river birth:


Initial steps to climb to the Adi Kedarnath Temple:


And the last few steps to the temple:


The main temple of Adi Kedarnath:




The Gaushala maintained at Adi Kedarnath Temple premises:




Adi Badrinath Temple and it's steps as seen from Adi Kedarnath:



Entrance of Adi Badrinath Temple::


The Adi Badrinath Shrine:


Picture depicting Adi Shankaracharya's role in setting up the temples at Adi Badri:



The greenery at the Shivalik footsteps at Adi Badri:


The steps to Adi Badrinath in the foreground, the hill of Mantra Devi in the background, and the temple of Adi Kedarnath at the distance, all in one frame:


An early morning contemplation for this monkey:


A nice little Mantapa away from all the temples surrounded by greenery:


Early morning Sun rays shining on the Adi Kedarnath Temple:



With my father at Adi Badri:


Monday, 31 December 2018

Haridwar and Rishikesh, 2018 Edition

Paonta Sahib - The tranquillity of an early morning at the Yamuna Ghat. River Yamuna is crystal clear here.





Yamuna Ghat at Paonta Sahib has a few temples too, here's one with Hanuman at the entrance:





Haridwar: On the way to Mansa Devi atop Bilva Parvat in the rope way, one can get a stunning view of the city of Haridwar, especially around sunrise and sunset (as is the case here):


Har Ki Pauri has a host of temples, and this specific temple complex has connections back to Sringeri:



Rishikesh: It was raining cats and dogs as we reached Rishikesh, and that would continue all the way till Neelakanth, thus ensuring that we could not take many pictures, but here are some from Ram Jhula and river Ganga:




Neelkantha Mahadev Temple an hour's drive to the north of Rishikesh was a freezing cold experience along with rain pelting down heavily, but here's a picture of having managed to visit the place amidst all of that: