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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Enchanting Sights from Haridwar, Hrishikesh, Renukaji, Delhi - Part 3

This is the third and concluding part, continuing on from the second part of images from my trip to Haridwar, Hrishikesh, RenukaJi and Delhi:

An endless row of lush green trees leading up to the India Gate at Delhi

The Rastrapati Bhavan, in the typical Delhi haze at the stroke of noon.

The Amar Jawan Jyoti

The majestic India Gate

A side view of the India Gate that I liked more than the front view

Another iconic Delhi monument, the Red Fort

The Bala Sundari Temple at Trilokpur, Himachal Pradesh

A view of the shores of Ganga from Lakshman Jhula, Hrishikesh

The skies of Hrishikesh through Lakshman Jhula

Mystic evening at Hrishikesh as seen from Ram Jhula

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Enchanting Sights from Haridwar, Hrishikesh, Renukaji, Delhi - Part 2

Continuing from the first part of photos from my trip to Haridwar, Hrishikesh, RenukaJi and Delhi:

This post is dedicated to the serenity of Renukaji, Himachal Pradesh.

Sun peeps through the forest as we start our journey from Narayangarh to Renukaji

A swan dries its wings after a swim in the Renuka Lake

A group of swans swim through the Renuka Lake

Newly painted Gopura of the Parashurama Temple at RenukaJi

As the afternoon Sun beats down on the lake, you can still fell the chill...

Calmness of the Renuka Lake



Bright and Sunny

Rarely do you see structures built by man blend so well with nature

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Enchanting Sights from Haridwar, Hrishikesh, Renukaji, Delhi - Part 1

Here are some of the pics from my recent trip to the North of India, along the Ganga river...

The Turquoise Tinted Ganga at Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar

Mountains Everywhere: On the way to Neelakantha Mahadeva Temple

Gopura of Neelakantha Mahadeva Temple

River Ganga, undisturbed by the civilization

Crystal Clear, Cold, and Captivating

Ganga Aarti Early in the Morning. No words...

Everyone wants a share of action...

"Sunrise over the Ganges" - not quoting Gravity :)

Daksha Prajapati Mandir, Haridwar

Mansa Devi Mandir, Haridwar

Monday, 10 November 2014

Hoysala Expedition Part 46: Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Vighnasante

So many stunningly beautiful temples of the Hoysala period stay far away from the spotlight, but stand tall when it comes to their architectural and symmetric brilliance. The small town of Vighnasante near Turuvekere in Tumkur district of Karnataka does not only have an exotic sounding name, but is also home to the trikuta Lakshmi Narasimha Temple built in 1286 AD, during the reign of the Hoysala ruler Narasimha III. The three brothers, Appayya, Gopala and Madhava, generals in the army of Narasimha III, have been identified as the ones who have sanctioned and contributed towards building this temple according to the inscriptions available.

The temple is a lesson in symmetry, and though the outer walls are devoid of any great carvings that are found normally in the Mallitamma era of temples, the friezes on top of these walls do not fail to enthrall a visitor. Catching the eyes right away is the statue of Garuda holding a snake right at the top central kirtimukha in front of the main shikhara. Extremely well carved small statues of Paravasudeva, Kalinga Mardana Krishna, Mahishasura Mardini, Vamana, Narasimha, Lakshmi Narayana and more are some of the most beautiful ones you will see even among the well known temples of the Hoysala period. Even the minuscule statue of Venugopala atop the main entrance takes your breath away, thanks to the detailed carving it has been subjected to.

Here's a video covering all these and more, with a continuing tribute to Mandolin Srinivas: