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Asia » India » Karnataka » Udupi December 22nd 2021

According to mythology, when Lord Krishna’s wife Rukmini requested her husband for the idol of Balkrishna, the child form of the Lord, Shri Krishna entrusted Vishwakarma with the task of designing the idol. Vishwakarma made a beautiful idol of Balkrishna with the holy saligrama stone and gave it to Rukmini for worship. The idol, in the course of being worshipped by hundreds of devotees at Dwaraka with the application of sandalwood paste, got completely covered with the sandalwood paste. It is believed that this same idol is now placed at the temple. As a consequence of the great flood that occurred at the end of the era of Lord Krishna, Dwaraka was completely engulfed by the sea. And the sandalwood covered idol of Lord Krishna also got washed away. Saint Madhvacharya and the Idol Decades passed. ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Koramangala August 21st 2021

"If there is a Heaven on Earth, it is in Kashmir." I realised the age-old proverb after completing the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. When I was young, my dream was to be a wanderlust and travelling to Himalayas. Like many Bengalis I was influenced by the epic travelogue written by Parimal Dey and Umaprasad, the legendary travel-writers of Bengal. But now I am 60 plus and around six months back, when our family friend Mr Basu offered for participation in the Himalayan Trek of “Kashmir Great Lakes”, I did not take it seriously, at least initially. He was a seasoned trekker and participated in many trekking tours at different parts of Himalayas. Age creates physical disabilities. We became slow, our muscle and limbs do not function as it should be. My fear was I should not ... read more
Melting ice ridge nourishing the mountain river
Approaching the Pine Forest far away
Picturesque trek route following the mountain stream

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Koramangala October 2nd 2020

This trip was planned to go back and stay with my dad and grandmother in Delhi.So I planned it for Gandhi Jayanti long weekend.It was raining for past few weeks and there was a doubt that it can play spoilsport for our plan since we were on a tight schedule. The first hurdle came when our luggage to be mounted on the carrier exceeded its capacity and we had to cover it with car body cover (bad decision!).Now the 2nd problem was that we have packet additional items which did not fit in our boot space.We had to discard a few bags at the very last moment before starting from home. As we sat in the car it started raining, but it was short lived and after a 5 min scare it subsided and we were ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Kolara August 3rd 2020

Markandeshwara hill temple, Vakkaleri village, Kolar, Karnataka This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built in Chola period. The temple links with the pre-historic Markanda purana. Markandeya is an ancient sage born in the clan of Bhrigu rishi. Mrikandu rishi and his wife Marudmati did not have any child for a long time. They worshipped Lord Shiva and sought from him the boon of begetting a son. Shiva was pleased with their penance and gave them the choice of either an exemplary gifted child who lives only for 16 years or a child of low intelligence who would live for 100 years. Marikandu rishi chose the former, and was blessed with Markandeya, an exemplary son, destined to die at the age of 16. Markandeya spent his childhood in the ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore March 2nd 2020

Bull Temple, BasavangudiHundred of years ago, Sunkenahalli (as Basavangudi was known then) was a fertile farmland dedicated to the cultivation of groundnut crops. But a wild bull began to devour and destroy the crops. This infuriated the farmers and in an attempt to drive away the bull, one of the farmers hit it with a club. The bull sat down, became motionless and turned to stone. The stone then began to grow in size and the worried farmers turned to Lord Shiva for help. A trident (which you can see in the picture) was placed on the bull's forehead to prevent it from growing further and a small temple was built around it. Later, Kempa Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, constructed a much bigger temple in Dravidian style ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Coorg March 2nd 2020

River Cauvery – the Goddess who wished to provide her services to mankind forever! River Cauvery (or Kaveri) originates in the Brahmagiri hills near Bhagamandala in the Coorg district. A small pond where she first bubbles up is worshiped and devotees can take a dip at the source pond there. The idol of sage Agastya is also present in the temple, along with Lord Ganesha. What is the story behind Goddess Cauvery and Agastya muni? Here is the history… There was once a King called Kavera who prayed to Lord Brahma for a child. Brahma was pleased with his prayers and a daughter Lopamudra was born to Kavera. Lopamudra always craved to serve the humanity since a child. After a few years, sage Agastya saw Lopamudra and asked her if she could marry him. She agreed ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi February 18th 2020

Note: If reading the blog on your desktop, this website would give a better view/fonts ............................... All I knew for several years about my country’s history was Mughals and British, as that is what our education system wanted to teach us. But after I started reading about the true history of our country to explain to my kids, I started realizing that our country has SO much to be proud of! We have stories of 10,000+ years being said in our Puranas but – and these are not just mere stories, but actual events that happened in this very country! I have been traveling the last 3 years to just heritage sites and can feel the aura of these places – one such gorgeous place is the prid... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 24th 2020

This amazingly beautiful 9th century Shiva temple located at the foothills of Nandi hills, 60km from Bangalore city, Karnataka. This incredible Dravidian style temple was built by the Nolanda dynasty and later taken over by the Ganga, Chola, Hoysala, Vijayanagar, Mysore dynasties and finally by the British. The temple now comes under the management of the Archaeological Survey of India and is open for all. The temple has two main shrines for the Arunachaleswara and Bhoga Nandeeshwara. There is another small shrine dedicated to Uma-Maheshwara. Each of the pillars and walls of the templ... read more
The temple tank

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 4th 2020

The last trip of 2019 was to Chikmagalur, also known as the ‘Coffee Land’ of Karnataka. Though travelling to Chikmagalur was not by choice but by chance. While planning for Gokarna and then Varkala, finally ended up with Chikmagalur as because train tickets were not available for those places. More over it was a peak time for Bangalore folks. Bus tickets to Chikmangalur were available at a very reasonable price 😊. However, since it is only 243.2km from Bangalore, one can easily drive to this place. (Direction: Accordingly, on 26th Dec 2019, we a group of 7 members boarded bus to Chikmaglur from Mesjestic at around 10:45pm. Tickets approx.. 500 INR per person on a Sleeper coach. We reached Chikmagalur at around 4am. We booked a homestay named ‘Chikmane Homestay’ about 3km a... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Kolara December 22nd 2019

Hello! I'm Anil. In 2019, at age 30. The date and time in my lappy right now is 30-Dec-2019, 05:01. Just couple of days left to tell Bye-Bye to 2019 and start a whole new Year 2020, writing my first travel blog...Cool!! It's been my many day's wish to write my own Travel blog but couldn't start till now. Well, before I actually start about the blog, a quick introduction about myself and my journey: Born and brought up and completed full package of education from Schooling to Graduation In Bangalore. Working currently in Corporate, married and have a kid, my toddler she's just turning into 10 months now. I own 'Airavatha' (4 wheeler - Wag -R), 'Darling' (2 wheeler- Bajaj Vikrant V15) are my buddies with whom I travel most. Now, coming to the Kolar ... read more
View from my car
After taking U turn
My baby

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