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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:



Saturday, 22 September 2018

Flowers and Patterns - Banashankari Edition

Some colourful flowers, greenery and a parrot - all captured last month in and around Banashankari area, Bengaluru...
























Tuesday, 11 September 2018

ಶಿವನ ಸ್ತುತಿ - ಕವನ / ಕೃತಿ - Poem on Shiva


ಕಳೆದೆರಡು ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸಮಯ ದೊರೆತಾಗ ಯೋಚಿಸುತ್ತಾ ಶಿವನ ಸ್ತುತಿಯಾಗಿ ಬರೆದ ಕವನ - ಸಂಗೀತ ಕೃತಿಯ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಕೆಳಗೆ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಂಡಿರುತ್ತೇನೆ...

ಛಂದಸ್ಸು:
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ಗುಡಿಯೊಂದಿಹುದಲ ಮದನಹರನಿಗೆಂ -
ದಡವಿಗಳಾಚೆಗೆ ಬಡಗಣದೆ ।। ಪ ॥

ಕಡವಸದುಡುಪಿನ ಹೆಡೆಹಾವೊಡವೆಯ
ಅಡವಿಯ ವಾಸದ ಮೃಡಹರಗೆ ॥ ಅ ॥

ಪೊಡವಿಯೊಳೋಡುತ ಮೂಡುವ ಗಂಗೆಯ
ತಡೆದು ಜಡೆಯೊಳಗೆ ಮುಡಿದವಗೆ
ಕಡಲಿನಲೆಗಳನೆ ತಡಿಗೆಡತಾಕಿಪ
ಉಡುರಾಜನ ಮುಡಿಗೇರಿಪಗೆ ॥ ೧ ॥

ಕುಡಿದೆಲ್ಲ ಗರಳ ಪಿಡಿದುಮೆಯ ಕರವ
ಪಡಿ ಬೇಡುತ ವರ ಕೊಡುವವಗೆ
ಬಡಿದು ಡಮರು ಜಬಗಡದಶವೆನಿಸುತ
ನುಡಿಯ ನಡೆಗಳನು ಹಡೆದವಗೆ ॥ ೨ ॥

ಗುಡುಗು ಸಿಡಿಲು ಕರಿಮೋಡದ ನೆರಳಿನ
ಕಡುಕಾರ್ಪಣ್ಯವ ತೊಡೆವವಗೆ
ಸುಡುಗಣ್‌ ಬಿಡುವಗೆ ಸುಜನರ ಪೊರೆವಗೆ
ಜಡತೆ ಕೊಡಹಿ ತಾ ಕುಣಿವವಗೆ ॥ ೩ ॥

ಸಡಗರದಿಂದಲಿ ಸೊಡರನು ಬೆಳಗುತ
ಮೃಡನ ನೆನೆವುದಿನ್ನಡಿಗಡಿಗೆ
ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಭವದಿಂ ಪಡಿಸೆನ್ನುತಲವ -
ನಡಿಗೆರಗುವುದದೆ ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆ ॥ ೪ ॥





Image credits: Painting by @santalum_aurum on Twitter (doctor, poet, painter, knowledgeable in Sanskrit, Kannada and English literature - a budding polymath!



This painting is also an inspiration for large sections of this poem.

The poem recited beautifully by @nirbhaavuka here:






Thursday, 16 August 2018

In and Around Jamshedpur...

Here are some of the pictures from in and around Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. From a recent personal visit...


Refreshing greenery sprinkled with fresh raindrops as seen through the train window at Ghatshila, on the way to Jamsehdpur:



Greenery around Dimna Lake and Dam, Jamshedpur:









Crystal clear Subarnarekha River and the surrounding greenery at Chandil Dam:










A normal drizzling day in the streets of Sakchi, Jamshedpur:




Bhubaneshwari Temple, Telco, Jamshedpur: