Thursday, December 23, 2010
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Badrinath, is one among the Char Dham, a must visit hindu piligrimage centers and the abode of Lord Vishnu. The idol here is made of a solid black Saligram stone. A self manifested statues of lod Vishnu. Strangely the idol depicts Vishnu sitting in meditative posture, rather than the usual reclined posture. Legend has it that Vishnu was chastised by a sage who saw Vishnu's consort Lakshmi massaging his feet. Vishnu then went to Badrinath to perform austerity, meditating in the padmasana for along period.
View of the snow cap mountain just above our tent in Mana.
Following the great Mahabharata, the king Dhritarastra, queen Ghandhari and Kunti (he mother of the pandavas) lived the life of asceticism in the forest and died in a forest fire. Krishna Vasudeva and his unruly clan slaughtered eac other in a drunken brwal 36 years after the war and Krishnas soul went back into the supreme Vishnu. When the Pandavas learnt of this (wonder if they got an sms then !), they decided it was time for them to leave this world as well and they embarked on the great journey to heaven. They walked towards the polar mountains, towards the heavenly worlds, until one's body dropped dead. One by one Draupadi and the younger pandavas died along the way until Yudisthira was left with his companion, a dog that had followed him on his walk all along. Yudi made it to heavens gate, but was ordered to send the dog back but refused! Eventually the dog turns out to be god Dharma (Yudi's actual father), who was there to test his virtue. Once in heaven, Yudi realises that his brothers are in hell and insists on being sent back to hell to join his brothers.... This was hte final test fo rhim! It is revealed that the brothers were really in heaven. So ends the story!
The way to Heavens gate! Somewhere along the path is the Vasundhara falls, the gushing waters of this cascade falls down with a roaring sound from an elevation of 400 feet. It carries an amazing legend with it - People believe that the water falls turns away from those visitors who are not pure and clean at heart. Though a difficult destination to reach, the falls allures the visitors with its exciting charm and cool ambience. I was not to risk the test!
Draupadi Mandir - The place where Draupadi died.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
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Sunday, May 02, 2010
The City is clean! The traffic is just like in any metro. In the midst of all, got to witness the motorcade of the CM pass by. Pity I cud not take pictures...
The night was spent on the second largest beach in the world. Or so they claim .. the beach is swarming with people who have come out in the evening to seek the warmth of the sea breeze :)
The beach is a busy place with stalls, games, horse rides and kids flying kites all around.
The next morning surprisingly a rainy day. Though we spotted rain clouds in the evening, the locals ignored them to be just passing clouds. But it rained cats and dogs.. it cooled the morning .. as though to let us enjoy and explore Chennai much better.
A morning bite at the famous Saravana Bhavan in Mylapore.. (Sorry, no patience to wait. So had to eat and then shoot :P )
The rest of the morning was spent at the gully's and by lanes, at pondy bazaar, at the Spencers mall, a Tellicherry Biriyani at the Tattukada, and then the evening at the beach again. Calm seas.. cool breeze!
Beach stalls :
American is famous too!
Mumbai chat in Chennai ? Dont miss the PEAL POORI...
MGR and Anna ... at the parrot astrologer. RAT!
The Gandhi Statue at the Marina Road.
The Ashok Stambh!
So long 'Chenni' . . . .