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Istanbul - Where civilizations merge

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Malana

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Temples at Batesara

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Mitawali

The Ancient Temple which inspired the design of Indian Parliament House.

Dharamsala

Synonymous with tranquil environment, spirituality, great food and Teachings of LORD BUDDHA. Find out true meaning of life at Dharamsala...

September 21, 2017

Music for soul in Pink City

Indian Ocean and Mame Khan spellbound with their performances at Jaipur by Nite



There’s a reason Indian Ocean songs would not be played at dance parties, weddings or at DJs – they have meaning. Their songs take you on a level where you understand them and not just hear. Their songs are the ones that give you goose bumps. Perhaps a reason they complement the classy, royal and select setting of City Palace, Jaipur, and vice verse. 
The second day of Jaipur by Nite couldn’t have had a better finish than Indian Ocean belting out their soulful fusion of folk, classical, rock... The women’s car rally on September 9 kicked off the fifth edition of the event. The second day, September 15, was dedicated to quenching your soul and tastebuds.
If Indian Ocean, preceded by Mame Khan took care of the soul, the food stalls from across the city didn’t let down the appetite. The colourfully-lit and looking all the more royal in the night, the City Palace, with a bunch of kalbeliya dancers and performers around Mubarak Mahal, had set up the stage for the musical fulfilment at Sarvatobhadra Chowk. With Jaipur Princess Diya Kumari and Prince Padmanabh Singh being the brand ambassadors of the event, there was enough glitterati in presence. As Rahul Ram, the founding member of Indian Ocean, and Nikhil stirred up their strings, Tuheen Chakraborty and Amit Kilam slowly adding the beats, you waited impatiently for Himanshu Joshi to add words to the melody and the mood the others had started.  
Be it Mann kasturi jag dasturi baat hui na puri re or their tribute to the Narmada river Maa rewa tharo paani nirmal khal khal behto jaye re their tunes and lyrics just stay with you. And when they sang Kabirdas, you just wondered if life was actually so simple or we just forgot about the simplicity.
Theirs is not that meaningless cacophony that maybe makes you dance for a minute or two but doesn’t go beyond that. Even if it was Tandanu, a Kannada lullaby that Rahul Ram knew since childhood, a word of which you would not understand if you are from Hindi heartland, like me, the sheer energy of the song was enough to lift up your spirits. Their rendition of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Akhiyan Udeek Diyan made everyone sway.
The Pakistani legend seemed to be the flavour of the evening as earlier Mame Khan also paid tribute to the singer with Saanu ik pal chaen na aawe. The Manganiyar singer from Rajasthan, known globally for his folk and sufi renditions, had actually set the mood for the evening by starting the musical night with Kesariya baalam aoo ni padhaaro mhare des. Mame Khan and his troupe with sindhi shehnai, kartaal, presented all the flavours of Rajasthan at Jaipur by Nite. 
His Aave re hitchki from Mirzya by Gulzar, the folk version of famous Nimbudaa nimbudaa that was adapted for Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam, and Dama dam mast qalandar just made the Friday night a perfect one for everyone there. 
So, make sure you keep September 15-16 reserved for this one-of-kind night tourism event in Jaipur next year. There’s another post coming soon telling you all about the food and the third day of Jaipur by Night.
Check out the videos and more pictures of Jaipur by Nite at our social media pages: 

September 18, 2017

Managing Documents while travel...

That was the time when I was enjoying every moment of trekking in the snow-capped peaks of Suraksan mountains in South Korea. Excitement of the solo trekking continued even on my return. While I was about to call it a day, I noticed something strange about the passport.
It was the time to go into the flashback. To avoid any accidental slipping of passport while trekking, the passport was securely placed in the front pocket of my woollen shirt and there were layers of more warm clothing wrapped around to withstand temperatures up to -160C. Due to rigors of the trekking the heat generated inside the layers of warm clothing, the lamination of the passport had peeled away from the first and last pages of the passport.


All of a sudden the excitement has turned into a probable matter of concern. While returning from South Korea I had to offer unending rounds of explanation at Thailand and New Delhi Airport about my unusual looking passport. Check out the unusual passport:



Somehow immigration officials got convinced by my innocence and I was able to return to my home safely.
Looking back at this incident I was analysing on what I could have done to avoid such a situation. It is pretty obvious and natural that in order to keep identity documents safe we prefer to stuff these inside our pockets. Stuffing in the pockets ensures that we can always feel that passport or other documents are still inside our pockets.
After deliberating on the passport issue, I realised that if I had suitable passport holder…???
On realisation, I started searching for some suitable passport holder. After spending lot of hours on n number of online sites, I finally came across passport holder by Urby. Received the passport holder well placed inside a canvas drawstring pouch and within 2 days of ordering. That is lightning fast delivery, probably the best I ever had for any online ordering.
Keeping documents well secured is utmost priority, those who have lost passport in foreign lands know the trauma of it. Beautifully designed and well stitched, Urby passport holder is sleek with elegant and premium feel to the user. Premium croc embossed leather with your name printed on the front and soft leather interiors, it is an ideal accessory to suit your personal style and carry all your necessary documents at one place.

Also at times while in India or abroad you need to carry a number of documents likewise driving license/ foreign exchange card and some currency notes as well. The space offered by this passport holder is sufficient to carry all the requirements for a hassle free travel at one place.
  • 3 quick access card slots for credit/ currency cards/ identity documents
  • A slot at the bottom side can be utilised for visiting cards. Can engage in some unexpected business activity while on the travel.
  • There is an open section and a back slot to carry few currency notes/ travel tickets/ inland travel permits or some coins. 
(Return journey (To and Fro) highway toll tickets generally tend to get misplaced when kept inside the car and stored in wallets or travel bags).

With dimensions of 13.5 cm (L) x 9.5 cm (W) x 0.2 cm (H) it can comfortably be placed inside your pocket. Found it pretty useful and in the last few days have tried to use it as a replacement for my regular wallet as well.
Urby Passport Holder is an ideal companion for your styling exploration. When not travelling, the canvas pouch will take care of your passport holder. Please take care of your documents as losing any of them can make a big dent in your trip plans. 
Forgot to mention that I was advised by immigration people to get a new passport in order to avoid any unexpected experience in future. So I had to get a new passport...


September 1, 2017

Ahobilam - The Spiritual Safari

Ahobilam, a noted pilgrimage centre for Hindus, is situated at distance of around 130 km. from Kurnool Railway Station, 68 Kms from the Nandyal Railway Station and 24 km. from Allagadda.

Ahobilam, consists of lower Ahobilam and Upper Ahobilam, is the place where Lord Narasimha had manifested himself in a natural cavern of rock to rip apart the most ferocious demon Hiranyakashipu.

Involving some serious trekking all the way from lower Ahobilam to the highest point of the mountain, Ugra Stambha, it requires both devotion and strength to cover all the nine temples, which depicts Nava Narasimha (Nine forms of Narasimha).
  1. Ugra (Angry)
  2. Vira (Fighting)
  3. Maha - Vishnu (Lakshmi Narasimha)
  4. Jwalanta (emitting flames of fire)
  5. Sarvotamukham (with a number of faces)
  6. Nrisimha (Ordinary Narasimha)
  7. Bisanam (fightful)
  8. Bhadram (adorable)
  9. Mrityor - Mrity (the killer of death)
First in the stretch - Lower Ahobilam. There is a temple of Prahlada varada i.e., the aspect of Lord Narasimha as blessing Prahlada in the village of Lower Ahobilam, which is also known as Chinna-Ahobilam and Diguva-Tirupati.

You will be awestruck by the huge and beautiful piece of architectures in the temple.

If you get a chance, then do attend the aarti in the temple premises. Various classical instruments are played rhythmically by the old priests, with utter devotion, to please the Narasimha Lord.

Post taking blessings from Lower Ahobilam temple, head for Upper Ahobilam, there is a road of eight Kilometres from Lower Ahobilam right up to foot of the hill of Upper Ahobilam, situated on a plateau.

The Lord of Upper Ahobilam temple is known as Ahobelesvara. It is firmly believed that the God had manifested himself in a natural cavern of the rock and is one of the 108 "Divya Tirthas" (sacred places) of India.


You are ready to start your trek from Upper Ahobilam on wards, grab the stick from here and you are set to go.


If you are trekking in rainy season, then the trek becomes little easy and less tiring as you will keep refreshing by the water flowing down through-out the trek. 
Throughout the trek, there are beautiful small temples, which have their own stories. Ask the local priests and they will tell the interesting pastimes played by Lord with Prahlad...

This is the way to Jwala Narasimha temple, we have to pass through the waterfall, where it feels like sitting there under the water for hours…

There is a small water reservoir near the Jwala Narasimha temple, the local priests and devotees say that when Lord Narasimha killed the demon Hirnakashyapu, the Lord washed the hands in this reservoir and because of this the water still looks little reddish and red taints are there on the rocks as well.

From this place, the Ugra Stambha, highest point in the ranges, is visible. Trek to Ugra Stambha looks like almost a vertical line and it is indeed very challenging. If you are lacking courage and energy, it is recommended to take a local guide along-with. If not you should reach this temple, opposite to Upper Ahobilam...

At a distance of about 8 Km from Upper Ahobilam temple, Ugra Stambham is the place where Lord appeared in the form of Narasimha and the cleft is known as 'UGRA STAMBHAM'.

The Ahobilam trek is complete here at this point. Key Recommendation:

  1. Good to cover the highest point, Ugra Stambham, first and then visit rest of the temples while descending.
  2. Take at least two days with you to cover all the places in Ahobilam.
  3. Keep yourself hydrated while trekking.
Ahobilam is one of the amazing trekking destinations near Chennai, Pune. All you need is a long weekend. Happy Trekking!!!


August 31, 2017

Wander wheels - Hyundai ‘Next Gen Verna’...

Hyundai Verna is one of the globally acclaimed offering from Hyundai with over 8.8 Million Customers in more than 66 countries and already 3.18 lakh units sold in India.

22nd July 2017 was the auspicious date of launch of Hyundai Next Gen Verna in India. Sporty and dynamic looks blended with luxurious interiors, Next Gen Verna is all set to redefine Premium Brand Statement.

Termed as ‘Intelligent by Design’, Next Gen Verna is developed on four strong pillars: Futuristic Design, Dynamic Performance, Super Safety and New Technology & Advanced Features.

The Verna brand has been a landmark product in Hyundai growth story winning many prestigious accolades worldwide. The Next Gen Verna is engineered to deliver excellence in all core areas of Styling, Performance, Technology, Safety and Ride & Handling creating a new benchmark in the sedan segment.” Let’s analyse…

Impressive Exteriors:
First impressions make lasting impact. The aggressive exterior styling of Next Gen Verna will be a sheer delight to new age aspirational generation. At front is the Hyundai’s Signature Chrome Cascade grille with horizontal chrome which projects bold, yet premium stance of the car. Check out…

Back Projector LED headlamps enhances the sporty appeal and also give hi-tech and premium appeal to the rear.
The aerodynamic design elements have increased the overall stability of the car and lowered the coefficient of drag to 0.308.

Dimensions to announce your arrival in style…

Length x Width x Height
4,440 x 1,729 x 1,465 mm
Wheelbase
2,600 mm
Max Tyre
195/55 R16 Alloy Wheels
Ground Clearance (Unladen)
165 mm 

Comfortable Luxurious interiors:
The interiors have been designed keeping in view the premium feel and the driver’s comfort at the same time.  The Driver- oriented centre console along with ergonomically located controls provides an intuitive access with minimal distraction to the driver for comfortable and safe driving.

Ample in-cabin storage space and boot capacity of 480 litres is enough to ensure comfortable family week-end trips and also far off long camping trips, with all the accessories. Turning radius of 5.2 m. for a vehicle of these dimensions is an absolute shot for those looking to explore remote corners of the country.

Key Interior Features:
  • Supervision Cluster integrating 3.5˝ Mono TFT-LCD offers all the useful information with outstanding visibility (New)
  • Rear Adjustable Head Rest (New)
  • Sliding front centre console armrest (Best- in- segment)
  • Cooled Glove box
  • Leatherette Upholstery with soft pad door arm rest adds richness & Luxury in the cabin

Dynamic Performance:
Under the sporty looks lies a powerful yet efficient and smooth drivable engine:

Engine
Capacity (cc)
Maximum Power (ps/rpm)
Maximum Torque (kgm/rpm)
Petrol
1.6 L Gamma Dual  VTVT
1,591
Diesel
1.6 U2 CRDi
1,582
128@4,000

Wanderers like myself who aim to scale the whole world by roads will surely get pampered with the powerhouse engine and new level of ride comfort with smooth & precise handling, exceptional interior quietness and enhanced safety.
Interior design Director, Mr. Ha Hak Soo was himself conveying intricate details to the gathered attendees.
The Superior Ride and Handling characteristics of platform are complemented by McPherson Strut Suspension in front and Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA) with Vertical Shock Absorber   along with Hydraulic Rebound Stopper (HRS) in rear for improved damping, ensuring a comfortable ride and stabilized driving.
From the perspectives of the wanderers, the Next Gen Verna offers wonderful mileage with option of two performance packed engines of Next Gen Verna: 

Petrol 1.6 VTVT: 17.70 Kmpl (MT), 15.92 Kmpl (AT)
Diesel  1.6 VGT  : 24.75 Kmpl (MT), 21.02 Kmpl (AT)

Forget frequent refuelling and keep on enjoying the longer drives..
Super Safety:
All Hyundai cars are developed, tested and built under the Hyundai ‘Safe-Drive Philosophy’. Next Gen Verna is built to comply with Hyundai’s strict safety standards.
The SUPER BODY STRUCUTRE of Next Gen Verna is developed with 50% of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), an additional 37% increase over the previous generation models. AHSS components increase stiffness of chassis and protect passengers effectively in case of collision. The Hot stamping on door pillars provides cabin protection in case of side collisions.
Key Safety Features:
  • Dual Airbags, Anti-Lock Brake system (ABS) with EBD
  • 6 Airbags
  • New Features: Front Projector Fog Lamps, Cornering Lamps, ISOFIX (Child Restraint System) as Standard fitment
  • Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock (First-in-Segment)
  • Reverse parking camera with steering adaptive guidelines, Rear Parking Sensors
Feel safe while staying indoors in the Next Gen Verna with yourself and your loved ones…

New Technology and Advanced Features:
The Next Gen Verna offers a host Unique Comfort Features such as Front Ventilated Seats (First-in Segment) for keeping seats cool in hot weather. Difficult to explain in words, for better clarity check the representational diagram…
Smart trunk (First-in-Segment) that automatically unlocks and pops-out when the owner stands with-in 1 metre behind the vehicle with smart key for more than 3 seconds and the new Electrically Controlled Smart Sunroof gives a sense of openness and premium ambience inside the cabin.
The Next Gen Verna features advanced infotainment system with 7.0 IPS (In Plane Switching) capacitive touch screen - Audio Video Navigation System (AVN) with rear view camera improves driver visibility and functionality. Multimedia system is equipped with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Mirror Link for seamless integration of app based navigation, streaming audio, voice controlled search capabilities and smartphone applications. For the first time, the Next Gen Verna comes with 6 speakers along with Smart Surround System by 'Arkamys’ delivering a music experience much closer to the artist’s original intent.
The efficient cooling of the Next Gen Verna keeps its occupants cool, Comfortable and Pleasant while maintaining clean and healthier cabin environment. The Eco Coating Technology ensures odour free and fresh air for a comfortable and pleasant journey.
Some Key Interior features include
  • First-in-Segment: Front Ventilated Seat, Smart Trunk 
  • Smartphone connectivity with IPS Panel (Best-in-Segment)
  • FATC with Cluster Ionizer (Best-in-Segment)
  • New Features: Electric Sunroof, Rear AC Vents, Voice recognition, Cruise Control, Rear Curtain
  • Engine Start/Stop Button
Hyundai Auto Link (New) is a dynamic new way to stay connected with your car. The vehicle health check, driving information, Road side assistance, Driving History, Eco Driving and Vehicle Health history all can be checked with click of button.

Colour and Variants:
The Next Gen Verna will be available in 7 exterior colours options with 12 Variants. On pricing front Next Gen Verna has been launched at Rs. 7.99 lacs (Petrol) and goes upto 12.39 lacs (Diesel), ex-showroom prices at Delhi.

Technological acumen, coupled with fabulous Hyundai Customer Care Program:
In order to be the preferred choice for Indian customers, the Next Verna will be offered with Lowest Cost of maintenance, warranty with 3 Years Unlimited Kilometres, 3 Years Road Side Assistance, 3 times Map Updation and home visit on 15th Day of purchase for all the customers of Next Gen Verna.
Having covered miles while exploring various destinations in India, as a satisfied Hyundai i10 owner; the choice of upgrading has just got difficult with Next Gen Verna joining the competition with other wonderful Hyundai offering called Creta.

About HMIL:
# - Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) is wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea. HMIL is the largest passenger car exporter and second largest car manufacturer in India. HMIL’s state of art manufacturing plant is located near Chennai and a modern multi-million-dollar R&D facility is located in Hyderabad.
It currently has ten car models across segments – Eon, Grand i10, Elite i20, Active i20, Xcent, Verna, CRETA, Elantra, Tucson and Santa Fe. To serve the customers, HMIL currently has 480 dealers and more than 1,260 service points across India.
(PS – This is not a paid post. Views and opinions are my own.)


August 1, 2017

Happy Move - Save our Heritage, An initiative by Hyundai Motor India...

"We owe this Earth to our future generations"
The most visible landmarks of this Earth are the heritage monuments. We might have inherited these monuments in a fragile state, but it is our duty to make it better for coming generations.
Country like India which is going full throttle on the development road; there is need to stop a while, look around and think about the values and culture we need to carry along with. In our quest to move into future, we should not forget our roots, our past and our glorious heritage. In absence of proper maintenance, most of jewels of our heritage are lying in dilapidated condition. Small awareness and small efforts by everyone can make a big difference in preserving these symbols of cultural expressions and evolution.
One of such initiative, “Happy Move – Save our Heritage” has been taken by Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) to spread awareness about preserving the heritage.

11th July 2017, Inauguration of 3rd phase of Happy Move was the time to join hands at Humayun Tomb for spreading awareness and sensitizing people towards preserving our heritage.

It was a heartwarming occasion seeing 125 Youth Volunteers; 100 from South Korea and 25 from India joining hands for this noble cause. People from diverse cultures formed a team to undertake activities like cleaning the premises, gardening, planting saplings and painting the infrastructure.

Language and cultural differences simply did not matter as everyone was busy in playing his/her part in beautifying the premises.




While interacting with Hyundai officials and media persons about this initiative, came across Isa Khan Tomb in the premises, which is under restoration by ASI. Check out the restoration work on right hand side pillars and walls..

A glance is enough to emphasize the importance of preserving our heritage.

This unique awareness drive is being conducted by Hyundai in association with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at the 4 heritage sites of Purana Qila, Qutb Minar, Humayun Tomb and Red Fort.
The volunteers of this program will also connect with school children with a number of innovative activities for development of school facilities and also to raise the awareness in school children about our heritage.
After all everyone likes to enjoy neat and clean heritage sites to feel proud in the culture of our country. Being invited to be a part of this event, it was a moment of realisation that even small steps are sufficient to make a difference. Likewise; disposing the waste at designated place, not walking at the grass lawns and following the mentioned rules will ensure everyone can enjoy the experience of visiting the heritage places. 
Thanks and Kudos to Hyundai for such an initiative, New Thinking making way for New Possibilities in preserving rich heritage of India…

Other appreciable initiatives by Hyundai India:
Currently in the 19th year of Happy Move; Till date over 3000 global youth volunteers from Hyundai Motor Company have helped in improving lives of people in over 65 villages around Chennai, by:
·        Creating sanitation facilities for over 500 families 
·        Providing school infrastructure to help 180 schools and over 90,000 students. 
# - Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) is wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea. HMIL is the largest passenger car exporter and second largest car manufacturer in India. HMIL’s state of art manufacturing plant is located near Chennai


July 1, 2017

Jageshwar Dham - Abode of Lord Shiva...

While the Sun has already started the return journey behind the hills, however our wandering souls with high spirits were craving to reach the divine land of Jageshwar. With every passing second, our mind was painting a different caricature for Jageshwar Dham. The fresh air was getting fresher and crispier with every turn.

After 40 minutes of drive from the Lakhudiyar Cave paintings shelter, the joyous moment arrived when we entered in to the Jageshwar valley around 5:30 PM in the evening. Staff at KMVN guest house advised us to first attend the evening prayer; check-in formalities can be carried our afterwards.

We could feel the divine ambience as soon as we entered the sacred premises of Jageshwar temples. There were around 15-20 devotees in the temple and almost everyone greeted us with smile. Very soon the prayers started with buzzing of the sacred bells and we were immersed in the holy chants. It was around 6:30 PM when the prayers stopped and we returned to our senses. However, by this time the town had already started planning for a good night as most of the shops were closed and streets were totally deserted. 
Simple, yet delicious food at our night halt was the last item on the day’s itinerary.
This is a place which gets up for work with first ray of sunlight and calls it a day with the receding sun. Next morning, we were again on the way to the Jageshwar Dham and were pleasantly surprised by friendly gestures of the locales. Little we knew that we will make friends with almost everyone in this place during our stay of just 3 nights. Hospitality of the hills had just started to unfold.

As soon as we started moving our feet a splendid world of amazing temples was there to be explored. There are around 500 temples spread across the hills surrounding the Jageshwar Dham. Jageshwar Dham is the 8th Jyotirlinga; known as Nagesh Jyotirlinga, out of the Twelve Jyotirlinga and has immense devotional significance.

Located 36 km northeast of Almora, the main complex in this temple city consists of 124 large and small stone temples, from 9th - 13th century. It was the time to pray and seek blessings of the God almighty in these beautifully carved temples.

The main temple at Jageshwar Dham is 'Jageshwar Mahadev', dedicated to the Child Shiva. Once upon a time, Lord Shiva arrived here to meditate, as soon as news spread about Lord Shiva, the womenfolk of the village gathered around to see Lord Shiva. However, the captivating mystic form of Lord Shiva angered the menfolk. Realising this, Lord Shiva turned into a child and since then he is worshipped here as Bal (Child) Jageshwar.

The temple has two armed guardians at the door, Nandi and Skandi. This is a west facing temple of Shiva. Here, Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Nagesh Jageshwar. The Shivlinga deity is divided into two parts, larger one being Lord Shiva and the smaller one is the Goddess Parvati. There is also an Akhand Jyoti, an everlasting flame which burns continuously in the temple. The Chand Kings Deepchand and Tripalchand stand behind the Shivlinga in praying posture.

Sri Mahamritunjaya Mahadev: The Mahamrityunjay temple is the largest and oldest temple in the complex. This temple is east facing and opposite Jageshwar Mahadev temple. Lord Shiva is worshipped as the saviour from death - महामृत्युंजय. The unique deity, Shivlinga has an eye shaped opening. All the pilgrims recite together the all-powerful Mahamritunjaya Mantra (महामृत्युंजय मंत्र) and create a heavenly ambience at the temple.

Mahamrityunjay Mantra:
ह्रौं जूं सः भूर्भुवः स्वः त्र्यम्बकम् यजामहे सुगन्धिम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् उर्वारूकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मा मृतात् भूर्भुवः स्वरों जूं सः ह्रौं ।।
Om Hruang Jung Sah Bhurbhuvah Swah Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pustiwardhanam | Urwarukmivbandhanaan Mrityormoksheey mamritat Bhurbhuvah Swaraung Jung Sah Hraung Om |
Recite the Mahamrityunjay mantra for self-realisation and freedom from all kinds of evil effects, sudden death, illness and negativity.

Locales told us that Adi Shankaracharya also visited Jageshwar and restored many of the temples before moving ahead for Patal Bhubaneshwar and Kedarnath. Most of the temples at Jageshwar has stone diety Shivalinga in the centre, surrounded by sculptures of various Gods/ Goddesses. Visit to Jageshwar is considered equally pious as the sacred Chardham Yatra. Lets walk through the amazing world of temples.

Tandavkeshwar Mahadev: Angry Lord Shiva in the most devastating form of dance, Tandav dance…

Pushti Devi or Pushti Bhagawati Maa: The temple of Goddess Lakshmi. The temple enshrines the full statue of Goddesses and is worshipped as Goddess of blessings and grace. This temple is situated in the Jageshwar main premises.

Neelkanth Temple: Lord Shiva when drank the poison to save the world, got blue throat (Neelkanth, नीलकण्ठ) due to poison...

Adjacent to the main temple complex is the temple dedicated to Kuber, God of Wealth:

While walking around, we observed that many people from Gujarat are coming to Jageshwar for worship here, even the temple priests told that many people come from Gujarat for seeking blessings of Lord Shiva. While talking to locales got to know about the resemblance between Kumaoni language and Gujarati language. Strange fact for the regions separated by more than 1200 km.
Caretaker at Archaeological museum told about followers of Lakulish Shaivism who got settled around Jageshwar. Lakulish Shaivism originated in Gujarat. According to Linga Purana, Lakulish is 28th Avatar of Lord Shiva and the last one. Meaning of Lakulish (लकुलीश): लगुड (staff) or लकुट (Stick/ mace) + ईश (lord) = the lord with a staff or mace or club or stick. Lakulish temple in premises...

Close look at the carving on the top of the temple dome…

The meaning of Lakulish, also connected us with the Dandeshwar temple (largest temple in Jageshwar), where Lord Shiva stays with a staff and protects the region.

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The more we were knowing the more we wanted to explore this place. Legend is associated with this place and locales believe that Lord Shiva, in form of a man with a wooden stick in his hand will come to protect this place.

Temples are spread everywhere in tis holy place, be it roads or bridge. All the temples are worshipped and due sanctity has been maintained for every temple.

The temples at Jageshwar appear to be very ancient and there is no definite information on construction of these temples. As per Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), these temples were constructed post Gupta period, from the 8th century (early Katyuri Dynasty) to the 18th century (Chand Dynasty). Seeing the temples, it looks like they were constructed more than 1000 years. Subsequent dynasties/ kings continued renovation and maintenance because of which these temples appear in good shape till date.

The Jageshwar Monsoon Festival which is held every year between 15th July to 15th August and the annual Maha Shivratri festival, which takes place during spring season are two important events in the Kumaon itinerary. Maha Shivratri is one of the major festivals and is celebrated all over India. By this time evening was approaching and Lord Shiva directed me to take some pictures from the top. While searching a location, the locales guided me to a place from where I was able to click...

Small water streams, hills covered with thick deodar forests and foot over walk ways leave visitors mesmerized with the splendour of this place. We kept on walking whole day in these woods and surprisingly did not felt tired at all, divine charm of the Gods and mind free from worries of cosmetic world was doing wonders.

Small market outside the temple has few souvenirs’ shops and a couple of small eateries as well. However, the menu at eateries will contain the items which are available that day, not your choice. The same we experienced in KMVN guest house as well, while enjoying the freshly prepared vegetables.

Dedication and devotion of local people have kept this place sacred and pious. Hats off to the locales. No doubt Uttarakhand is truly God’s Land (Dev Bhoomi). Nearby to Jageshwar are the amazing temples of Jhanker Sam (6 Km.) and Vridh Jageshwar (3 km. by foot/ 16 km. by road) worth visiting.

Keep travelling Guys…



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